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A pedestrian passes the perimeter fence of the Presbyterian Church in Bedfordview, Johannesburg South Africa, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The fence is covered with ribbons to represent a person who has died in the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: South Africa cabinet minister dies from virus

Jan. 21, 2021 1:18 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s president says Jackson Mthembu has died from the coronavirus, becoming the first cabinet minister to succumb to the disease. The 62-year-old Mthembu in recent months had been a central figure in communicating to the public the South African government’s response...

South African cabinet minister dies of COVID-19 amid surge

Jan. 21, 2021 11:20 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Jackson Mthembu, a central figure in communicating the South African government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, died of complications from the coronavirus, the president announced Thursday. He was 62. Mthembu is the first member of South Africa’s cabinet to succumb to...

Book store worker, Dikeledi Nhlapo, holds a copy of Dorah Sitole's

South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

Jan. 19, 2021 9:34 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer Dorah Sitole's latest cookbook was widely hailed in December as a moving chronicle of her journey from humble township cook to famous, well-traveled author. The country's new Black celebrity chefs lined up to praise her as a mentor who...

Xi, Modi expected for 'virtual' Davos in era of pandemic

Jan. 18, 2021 3:52 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — World Economic Forum organizers are expecting leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for a virtual gathering next week — after the COVID-19 pandemic doused plans...

Worshipers pray in open fields, by the side of the road in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, as faith-based gatherings, are prohibited during the level 3 COVID-19 lockdown. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Amid COVID-19 surge, South Africa delays reopening schools

Jan. 17, 2021 9:53 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Faced with a rapid resurgence of COVID-19 overwhelming the country’s hospitals and driven by a more infectious variant of the virus, South Africa has delayed reopening its schools. The variant is having far-reaching consequences for Africa’s most developed nation as...

A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

A patient wearing an oxygen mask is treated in a makeshift emergency unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, which is battling an ever-increasing number of Covid-19 patients. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

African Union buys 270 million vaccine doses for continent

Jan. 13, 2021 5:04 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African Union announced Wednesday that it has purchased a total of 270 million doses of coronavirus vaccines for the continent from Pfizer, AstraZeneca through the Serum Institute of India, and Johnson & Johnson. At least 50 million of the doses will be available in the months...

A health worker checks the temperature of an elderly patient at the emergency entrance of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, which is battling an ever-increasing number of COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Official: Africa secures close to 300 million vaccine doses

Jan. 12, 2021 11:30 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The African Union has secured close to 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in the largest such agreement yet for Africa, a continental official said Tuesday. Nicaise Ndembi, senior science adviser for the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press in...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

A patient wearing an oxygen mask is treated in a makeshift emergency unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, which is battling an ever-increasing number of Covid-19 patients. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa struggles with post-holiday spike in COVID-19

Jan. 11, 2021 2:43 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is struggling to cope with a spike in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed many hospitals, as people returning from widespread holiday travel have spread the country's more infectious coronavirus variant. Of particular concern is Gauteng province, the country's most...