South Africa is now the world’s fifth worst-hit country for coronavirus cases – but the actual situation may be far worse.
Residents in poorer townships are finding it hard to be tested. And in cities like Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth there is a desperate shortage of critical care beds and not enough staff to run the wards.
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In This Story: COVID-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.