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‘Thank you coronavirus helpers’ is Google SA's most searched term during lockdown

Nurses and medical workers react as police officers and pedestrians cheer them outside Lenox Hill Hospital Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Nurses and medical workers react as police officers and pedestrians cheer them outside Lenox Hill Hospital Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Published Apr 17, 2020

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Cape Town - The top trending search term on Google South Africa over the 21-day lockdown period is "thank you coronavirus helpers", followed by "lion" and "Boris Johnson". 

South Africans also searched for actress Vinolia Mashego, who recently passed away, trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi, who tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus on April 2, and Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who was sanctioned and placed on leave by the president for violating the lockdown regulations. 

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"Lion" and "tiger" likely refer to the hit series Tiger King and various associated parodies.

Top ten trending search terms over the 21-day lockdown period:

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Thank you coronavirus helpers 

- Related - WATCH: Capetonians sing the national anthem while they 'Clap for our Carers' -  https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/watch-capetonians-sing-the-national-anthem-while-they-clap-for-our-carers-45846777

- Lion

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- Boris Johnson

- Related - UK PM Boris Johnson says he owes 'his life' to medics after release from intensive care -  https://www.iol.co.za/news/world/uk-pm-boris-johnson-says-he-owes-his-life-to-medics-after-release-from-intensive-care-46610532

- Tiger

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- Related - Netflix's new 'Tiger King' episode has new and disturbing details -   https://www.iol.co.za/entertainment/tv/streaming/netflixs-new-tiger-king-episode-has-new-and-disturbing-details-46672634

- Vinolia Mashego

- Related - Mzansi mourns loss of former 'Jam Alley' presenter Vinolia Mashego -  https://www.iol.co.za/entertainment/celebrity-news/local/mzansi-mourns-loss-of-former-jam-alley-presenter-vinolia-mashego-46341795

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- Covid-19 news

- Related - Coronavirus Trends Page -  https://www.iol.co.za/trends/coronavirus

- Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

- Related - WATCH: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams begs South Africans to forgive her for breaking lockdown rules -  https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/watch-stella-ndabeni-abrahams-begs-south-africans-to-forgive-her-for-breaking-lockdown-rules-46433641

- Money Heist

- 5G

- Related - Concern mounts over 5G roll-out as residents fear 'health risks' -  https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/news/concern-mounts-over-5g-roll-out-as-residents-fear-health-risks-36922735

- Zwelinzima Vavi

- Related - Zwelinzima Vavi tests positive for Covid-19 -  https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/zwelinzima-vavi-tests-positive-for-covid-19-45988960

Search interest is plotted on an index of 0 - 100 and anything over 40 indicates high levels of search interest relative to other terms being searched at the time.  Live search data is available on the  Google South Africa Trends site.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year, worldwide. 

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