Durban – As South Africa began vaccinating people over the age of 60 on Monday, the number of Covid-19-related deaths in the country reached 55,260, data from the Ministry of Health revealed.
The department’s daily Covid-19 update also showed that the cumulative number of identified Covid-19 cases in South Africa reached 1,615,485.
This, after the number of tests carried out on Monday reached 11,134,553.
Of these 19,505 tests have been carried out since the last report on Sunday.
The breakdown of the 50 Covid-19s reported on Monday came from:
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said phase two of the vaccination rollout went reasonably well on Monday despite challenges in the respective provinces, whose power cuts and violent protests in the Free State were the most striking.
“While most sites were able to continue, a large number of vaccinations were captured on paper and the numbers are still being reconciled. In addition, the numbers of people vaccinated in nursing homes still need to be entered. We will therefore allow this reconciliation over the next 24 hours and will announce the numbers vaccinated in phase two from tomorrow (Tuesday). In due course, we will launch a public dashboard that will publish the numbers in near real time, ”Mkhize said.
He noted that a number of industry leaders aged 60 and over – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu – have come forward to be vaccinated publicly.
“We express our deep gratitude for their patriotism and leadership because we know it will help us build confidence in vaccines and in the immunization process. We continue to encourage healthcare workers, including traditional healers, and citizens aged 60 and over to register and participate when invited, ”Mkhize said.
The government has set a target of vaccinating 5 million people by the end of June, Mkhize announced on Sunday.
South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 55,260 as country rolls out phase 2 vaccination program
SourceSouth Africa’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 55,260 as country rolls out phase 2 vaccination program