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Johannesburg – Seven other people have succumbed to the coronavirus in South Africa, the Department of Health said on Monday, while 210 others have been newly infected with the virus.
The latest deaths bring the death toll in South Africa from the coronavirus pandemic to 88,619 since last year.
This is because the latest confirmed infections bring the number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the country to more than 2.9 million since the first case was detected in March of last year.
National Institute of Communicable Diseases spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh said most of the 210 new infections were from Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape, which recorded 16% of new infections.
“The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng Province (37%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal (19%) and the Western Cape (16%). The Free State represented 7%; Northwest accounted for 6 percent; Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga accounted for 5 percent each; Limpopo and the Northern Cape each accounted for 2 percent of today’s new cases, ”she said.
Jimoh said 18 million Covid-19 tests have been performed in the public and private sectors since last year, with just over 15,000 tests performed in the past 24 hours.
She said: “Today the institute is reporting 210 new cases of Covid-19 that have been identified in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,916,803. This increase represents a rate of positivity of 1.4%.
“According to the National Ministry of Health, 7 more deaths related to Covid-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 88,619 so far,” she said.
Jimoh added that there had been 24 people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people hospitalized with the virus to less than 5,000 – with 4,935 people in public and private medical facilities currently in hospital.
At the same time, more than 167,000 injections have been given against the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, bringing the total vaccination injections to more than 20 million.
210 new Covid-19 infections in South Africa, as 7 more die and more than 20 million people receive the vaccine
Source210 new Covid-19 infections in South Africa, as 7 more die and more than 20 million people receive the vaccine