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South Africa now has over 1,5 million cases as we continue to battle Covid-19 and the changes which arrived along with it. We now bring you the latest Covid updates and statistics in the country.

The Covid-19 Antibody Blood Tests are laboratory-analysed tests which determine if a person has contracted the coronavirus and in response developed antibodies to fight it. It therefore tests for immunity against the coronavirus.


While the majority of those who test positive for the virus recover fully, there are a growing number of people who can’t seem to shake unusual symptoms that linger months later. Shakira Choonara, an African Union Youth Advisory Council member, says some of these patients develop what medical health professionals call post-Covid-19 lung disease, which is permanent damage to the lungs. 

By: Tebadi Mmotla

Government has launched the COVID Alert SA app which enables you to be notified if you've been exposed to the virus or not. This is in efforts to go even further with contact tracing while also keeping your identity and infection status private.

Covid-19 antibody tests are approved and are now available in South Africa. With this, you could find out if you're immune to the coronavirus or not. Here's some information on what exactly an antibody test is and how it works.

While the country waits to hear whether we'll be moving to Lockdown Level 2 or not, Gauteng seems to be ready to have lockdown regulations eased in the Province. However, there have been warnings of a possible second surge in cases. 

The country has seen many positives in it's way of dealing with this pandemic and things seem to have eased as multiple provinces pass their peak. Now, officials are pushing for level 2 and many are speculating that the President might announce a further easing of lockdown regulations. Are we finally moving to lockdown level 2?

South Africa might be over the worst when it comes to the country's battle with Covid-19. Many positives have been shown in the statistics and daily records. However, this does not mean that we should be behaving like life is back to normal. Many South Africans will now be thinking, shouldn't the lockdown regulations be eased more now that the pandemic isn't raging in SA?

Yes, South Africa is seeing many positives in it's Covid-19 statistics and cases are decreasing in some provinces but this does not mean we shouldn't follow safety protocols. The possibility of a second wave is definitely there for the country, as seen in others. Government has given many updates on South Africa's progress with hospitals, vaccines, cases and the virus in general.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that there are signs that the Covid-19 daily cases in South Africa are stabilising, especially in Provinces which have seen a rapid spread in the past few months. South Africans are still urged to be safe by staying home, wearing masks when out in public and maintaining social distancing around others.

Western Cape is seeing improvements in Covid numbers with an impressive recovery rate and a decrease in deaths. Health officials in the Province have said that there has also been a decrease in the demand in hospitals and that this shows a decrease in Covid patients. 

South Africa has recorded less Covid-19 cases a day. This positive trend is also followed by our country's good recovery rate and the curve beginning to flatten in the Western Cape. 

Kwazulu-Natal is expected to see their Covid numbers soar and possibly become the next epicenter for the virus in the country. 

A vaccine being developed at Oxford University is said to be 'hugely promising' and is producing an immune response during it's trials. South Africa's Wits University is involved in this very vaccine trial.

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, announced that the period of self-isolation for Covid-19 patients is now being reduced. 

Reports have come that the coronavirus could be airborne. This would mean that the virus is able to be transmitted by air from the droplets hanging in the air. 

Currently, Gauteng is seeing fast increases of Covid cases and has also overtaken the Western Cape in active cases. The Minister of Health has warned that Gauteng will have the most confirmed cases of Covid-19 in South Africa in a matter of days. 

It is very difficult to distinguish between having the coronavirus, allergies or simply just the common flu. Many people are self diagnosing and assuming they simply have the flu when in actual fact they have the coronavirus or vice versa.

It's expected that Western Cape will hit it's peak in the Covid-19 pandemic in early July. The province is now preparing after seeing a massive increase in cases over the past month. 

Many of us are so focussed on what having Covid-19 looks like and how to guard against it, however, what long-term effects does Covid-19 have? What does post-recovery look like?