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947 new Covid-19 infections in South Africa, as 40 more die

Johannesburg – Forty more people have died from the coronavirus in South Africa, the health ministry said Thursday, while 947 others have been newly infected with the virus.

The latest deaths bring the death toll in South Africa from the coronavirus pandemic to 88,506 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 the majority of new cases were from KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Gauteng.

New cases are from KwaZulu-Natal (25%), followed by Western Cape (20%), Gauteng (14%), Northern Cape (12%), Free State (11%), Eastern Cape (8%), Northwest (6%), Mpumalanga (4%) and Limpopo (1%), she said.

Jimoh said 18 million Covid-19 tests have been performed in the public and private sectors since last year.

She added: “Today, the institute is reporting 947 new cases of Covid-19 that have been identified in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,914,827.

“This increase represents a positivity rate of 2.7%. According to the national health ministry, 40 more deaths related to Covid-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 88,506 so far. “

Jimoh said 84 people had been admitted to hospitals due to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people hospitalized with the virus to 5,149 in public and private medical facilities currently.

At the same time, more than 215,000 injections have been given against the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said, bringing the total vaccination injections to 19.8 million.

Gauteng led the most jabs with 5.2 million, followed by Western Cape with 3.2 million and KZN with 3.1 million.

947 new Covid-19 infections in South Africa, as 40 more die

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