A number of countries — including Britain, Israel, Italy and Singapore — were moving on Friday to restrict travel from South Africa and other countries in the region, a day after South African authorities identified a concerning new coronavirus variant with mutations that one scientist said marked a “big jumpContinue Reading

The Hong Kong government said on Thursday that it had detected two cases of a new variant identified in South Africa, which scientists have warned shows a “big jump in evolution” and could limit the effectiveness of vaccines. The infections were detected in a man who had returned to HongContinue Reading

Britain will temporarily ban flights from six African countries starting on Friday, as the nation’s health ministry investigates a new variant of the coronavirus. The nation’s health secretary, Sajid Javid, did not name the countries in a tweet on Thursday. But he said that the six nations will be addedContinue Reading

JOHANNESBURG — A concerning new variant of the coronavirus, whose mutations evidence a “big jump in evolution,” is driving a spike in new Covid-19 infections in South Africa, scientists said on Thursday. In the last 36 hours after observing an increase in infections in South Africa’s economic hub, the GautengContinue Reading

JOHANNESBURG — Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter who garnered global headlines after killing his girlfriend in 2013, may soon be paroled from prison, South African corrections officials said Monday. Mr. Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a locked bathroom door in February 2013. He claimed that her deathContinue Reading

For years at global climate talks, developing countries have said that they need more financial help from wealthy nations to speed up their shift away from fossil fuels. Now the world is about to get a major test of how that might work in practice. At the Glasgow climate summitContinue Reading

For years at global climate talks, developing countries have said that they need more financial help from wealthy nations to speed up their shift away from fossil fuels. Now the world is about to get a major test of how that might work in practice. At the Glasgow climate summitContinue Reading

Upending centuries of medical dogma, a team of South African researchers has found that breathing may be a bigger contributor to the spread of tuberculosis than coughing, the signature symptom. As much as 90 percent of TB bacteria released from an infected person may be carried in tiny droplets, calledContinue Reading

JOHANNESBURG — At least 21 people were killed over the weekend as gunmen opened fire on three taverns in South Africa, in what the police described as “random” shootings. Early Sunday morning in Soweto, in Johannesburg, a group of men armed with rifles and automatic handguns stormed a busy tavernContinue Reading

EAST LONDON, South Africa — Before he passed out amid the crush of bodies, Simbongile Mtsweni gasped for air as a gas that felt like fire crept into his nose and lungs. “When I came to,” he said, “I was on the second floor and started vomiting when I realizedContinue Reading