For the first time in several weeks, South Africa has recorded over 3,000 new coronavirus infections over a 24-hour period.
The Health Ministry has confirmed that SA now has a total of 1 605 252 confirmed cases – 29 362 are active cases. Data from the past seven days has shown an overall 46% increase in new infections in comparison to the previous week with the Northern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo provinces topping the list.
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the country’s Covid-19-related death toll has increased to 55 012 with 44 new Covid deaths.
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“The number of tests conducted to date is 11 010 999. Of these 42 073 tests were conducted since the last report. The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 520 878, representing a recovery rate of 94,7%,” Mkhize said.
He added that 455 169 healthcare workers have been vaccinated.
Mkhize earlier came under fire from opposition parties on government’s response to Covid-19 and the slow pace to vaccinate people with the third wave now looming.
The EFF, DA and IFP on Thursday said the government has let down the people and would not meet population immunity of vaccinating 40 million people by the end of the year.