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SANDF missed a prime communication opportunity with the Wuhan Mission

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The Wuhan Mission, as it will probably go down in South African history, was an excellent example of the best South Africans can offer. At...

Coronavirus called “invisible enemy” as markets plummet

Coronavirus fears led to a historic drop in US stocks, shut borders and disrupted daily life around the world, as governments took drastic measures...

Coronavirus cash crunch for airlines and airports

As Boeing and other US aviation companies angle for billions in assistance, airlines and airport operators globally are suspending dividends, selling airplanes and flying...

Airbus stops production at European sites

Airbus is stopping production and assembly activities at plants in France and Spain for the next four days as governments implement new measures to...

Coronavirus confirmed in four more African states

Tanzania, Liberia, Benin and Somalia confirmed the first coronavirus cases on Monday, as African nations shut borders amid fears the disease could cause fragile...

Porous land borders are potential COVID-19 entry points to SA

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Government’s closure of the majority of land ports of entry as part of the national effort to halt the coronavirus pandemic are welcome but...

SA confirms 62 cases of Coronavirus

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The Department of Health has confirmed that as of Monday morning South Africa now has 62 confirmed and verified cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It added...

Repatriated South Africans arrive home

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The 114 South Africans evacuated by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) from China’s COVID19-hit Wuhan City touched down in Polokwane, in Limpopo,...

African nations close borders, cancel flights to contain coronavirus spread

A number of African governments closed borders, cancelled flights and imposed strict entry and quarantine requirements to contain the spread of the new coronavirus,...

Libya coronavirus free, remains at risk

Libya is not in a position to confront the coronavirus if it arrives, the head of its disease control centre said, calling for support...

Coronavirus threat to Algerian protest movement

Algerians are watching to see whether a global epidemic will do what the ruling authorities they describe as le pouvoir - the powers that...

Coronavirus confirmed in Gabon and Ghana

Gabon and Ghana confirmed their first coronavirus cases on Thursday, becoming the ninth and tenth countries in sub-Saharan Africa to register positive cases. The region...

Coronavirus triggers global markets meltdown

Global markets suffered record falls as alarm over the coronavirus intensified, and governments from Ireland to Fiji unveiled measures to slow the spread of...

First coronavirus death in Algeria

Algeria registered its first coronavirus death, state radio reported. It did not report any increase in the 20 cases confirmed, mostly in Blida. Algeria said this...

First local coronavirus transmission case in SA

South Africa’s health ministry reported the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus, saying a 32-year-old man contracted it after contact with a...

Coronavirus to impact business travel

The global business travel sector is expected to take a revenue hit of $820 billion, with China accounting for nearly half the loss, as...

DR Congo confirms first coronavirus case

Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa hit by the epidemic...

SANDF contributes 151 to Wuhan repatriation

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A hundred and fifty-one SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel are deployed in the government effort to bring home South Africans currently in Wuhan,...

Second coronavirus case confirmed in Nigeria

Nigeria confirmed a second coronavirus case, the country’s health minister said on Twitter. The first case was an Italian man who flew to Lagos on...

Cameroon coronavirus confirmed

Cameroon’s health ministry on Friday confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a 58-year-old French citizen who arrived in Yaounde on 24 February. It said the...

First coronavirus case in South Africa

South Africa confirmed its first case of coronavirus a man who visited Italy and the health minister warned it would test the country’s health...

Airlines could lose up to $113 bln in passenger revenue due...

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Airlines could lose $63 billion to $113 billion in revenue for passenger traffic globally in 2020, depending on how the coronavirus spreads, the International...

SA COVID-19 repatriation plans on track

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The latest Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) update on evacuation of South African nationals from China confirms “an aircraft with the capacity” has...

More coronavirus cases in Senegal

Senegalese authorities reported two new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to four since the first case was confirmed earlier this week. Senegal is the...

African airlines face multi-million dollar coronavirus hit

Coronavirus disruption could cost African airlines $40 million in revenue this year, a global industry body said, a potentially devastating hit to often struggling...

AMD concerned about impact of coronavirus on SA’s defence sector

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The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence (AMD) Industries Association has cautioned that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a major threat to the South...

SANDF confirms its involvement in the repatriation of South Africans from...

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The Department of Defence, in particular the South African National Defence (SANDF), has confirmed that it is part of a multidisciplinary team that is...

US military visit to SA cancelled over coronavirus

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The US military delegation that was due to arrive in South Africa next week to interact with local defence companies will no longer be...

Italian is Nigeria’s first coronavirus case

An Italian man who arrived in Nigeria this week is the African country’s first case of coronavirus, the health minister said, as infections spread...

No flight suspensions or protest bans over coronavirus in Algeria

Algeria is not planning to ban public protests or suspend flights to Italy after the country’s first case of the coronavirus was identified in...

Coronavirus case reported in Algeria

Algeria reported its first confirmed case of coronavirus, an Italian man who arrived in the country on February 17 and is now in isolation. The...

Africans quarantined by coronavirus plead to go home

When Margaret Ntale Namusisi’s daughters called her in Uganda to say they were being quarantined at university in Wuhan, China, because of the coronavirus...

Coronavirus impacts Singapore Airshow

Organisers scrambled to shore up the Singapore Airshow, which is going ahead under health and economic concerns after dozens of exhibitors pulled out of...

Africa readying for coronavirus

An isolation ward stands ready at a hospital in Khartoum, Sudan. Laboratories in Senegal and Madagascar have the necessary testing equipment. Passengers arriving at...

Virus patrol drone busts Mahjong game

Rather than risking coronavirus infection, officials in rural China are literally watching over citizens, using drones to deter outdoor gatherings amid an epidemic that...

Singapore airshow hurt by coronavirus withdrawals

Aerospace companies including business jet manufacturers Textron and General Dynamics Gulfstream division no longer planned to attend the Singapore Airshow due to the coronavirus...

SAHMS standing by to aid national coronavirus prevention operation

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The SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) is the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) service on alert and ready to assist with national attempts to...

East African airlines suspend China flights

Kenya Airways and RwandAir said all flights to and from China were suspended until further notice after a virus outbreak killed more than 200...

Suspected coronavirus infections in Sudan

Sudan suspects two citizens who returned to the country from China are infected with coronavirus, the information minister told Reuters. One of the pair,...

Air Tanzania maiden China flight postponed due to coronavirus

Tanzania’s national carrier will postpone its maiden flights from Dar es Salaam to China, citing concerns over the spread of a coronavirus that killed...