S.African official says children sick with COVID-19 have mild infections

HIGHER hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that has been driven by the Omicron coronavirus variant should not prompt panic as infections…

Nigeria plans booster shots after first cases of Omicron variant

NIGERIA will start vaccine booster shots from next week for COVID-19, a senior official said, after the country confirmed its first cases of the Omicron variant among two travelers who…

Botswana says some diplomats found to have Omicron variant came from Europe

BOTSWANA’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi said some of the four diplomats who first tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant in the country had come from Europe, calling for a reversal…

South Africa hit by fourth Covid wave driven by Omicron

SOUTH Africa is being hit by a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant which has been detected in seven of the country’s nine provinces, Health Minister…

Gambians vote in first presidential election since Jammeh era

GAMBIANS were due to head to the polls on Saturday, in the first presidential election in the tiny West African nation since former dictator Yahya Jammeh fled into exile. The…

Libya on bumpy road to uncertain elections

LIBYA is less than a month from elections seen as crucial to ending its long-running civil war, but deep political divisions could provoke a delay or even fresh violence. In…

China pledges one billion Covid-19 doses to Africa

By ZBC Reporter THE President of China, Xi Jinping, has called for continued solidarity with African countries in building a China-Africa community with a shared future. In his keynote address…

COVID-19 vaccines expected to remain highly effective: Prof Karim

A nurse vaccinates a person at a vaccination site in KwaZulu-Natal. Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says the COVID-19 vaccines currently being administered are still expected to protect against…

Oscar Pistorius: Reeva Steenkamp’s parents to meet her killer

The jailed ex-Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been moved to a different prison ahead of a meeting with the parents of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend who he murdered in 2013.…

SADC member states call for the lifting of travel bans

By Oleen Ndori SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on Western countries to urgently reverse unjustified travel bans linked to the discovery of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron. Addressing…