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SA records 2 649 new Covid-19 cases

SA records 2 649 new Covid-19 cases

According to the Health Ministry, 2 649 new cases were identified in South Africa. As of today, the death toll stands at 44 946 with recoveries at 1 318 504.

As per Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s report, 2 649 confirmed cases were identified during the past 24 hours (4 525 new cases on 1 February). Unfortunately, we also lost 547 patients to COVID-19-related illnesses.

As per the report: 68 patients from the Eastern Cape passed away, 30 from the Free State, 91 from Gauteng, 143 from KwaZulu-Natal, 132 from Limpopo, 9 from Mpumalanga, 3 from Northern Cape, and 69 from Western Cape.

At the time of publishing, the Health Ministry conducted 8 329 691 cumulative COVID-19 tests, of which 28 942 were done during the past 24 hours: 14 301 at public facilities and 14 641 at private facilities.

NEW CASES, DEATHS AND RECOVERIES BY PROVINCE

The confirmed COVID-19 cases per province is as follows:

Province Total Cases in South Africa Total Deaths Total Recoveries Active Cases currently
Gauteng 389 841 8 340 372 887 8 614
Western Cape 270 073 10 380 245 360 14 333
KwaZulu-Natal 316 780 8 731 264 678 43 371
Free State 76 613 2 672 64 877 8 974
Eastern Cape 192 182 10 781 178 949 2 452
Limpopo 58 340 1 403 53 870 3 067
Mpumalanga 65 649 997 61 224 3 428
North West 57 408 966 48 960 7 482
Northern Cape 37 072 586 27 699 3 787
Unallocated 0
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday 2 February confirmed that nobody will be forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine, nor will it be administered in secret. He also added that non-SA citizens will also receive the vaccine.

Ramaphosa said the vaccine will be available to all adults living in South Africa, regardless of their citizenship. He explained:

“We will be putting in place measures to deal with the challenge of undocumented migrants so that, as with all other people, we can properly record and track their vaccination history”.

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines also arrived at our shores on Monday. President Ramaphosa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, and other officials lined up on the tarmac to welcome the precious vaccine cargo.

Ramaphosa said the delivery “marks a major milestone in our fight against the Coronavirus pandemic”, adding that the “batch will benefit our healthcare workers who have been at the forefront of keeping us all safe”.

GLOBAL STATISTICS

A the time of publishing, COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories. The global caseload stands at 104,362,133, with the death toll at 2,261,719 and recoveries at 76,127,365. The US is the worst-affected with 457,679 deaths from 27,017,980 cases.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are India with 154,635 deaths from 10,778,206 cases, Brazil with 226,309 deaths from 9,283,418, Russia with 74,158 from 3,884,730 and the UK with 108,013 deaths from 3,852,623 cases.

South Africa is currently 15th on the list with 1,458,958 cases, preceded by Poland (1,520,215), Mexico (1,869,708), Argentina (1,943,548), Columbia (2,114,597), Germany (2,239,943), Turkey, (2,492,977), Italy (2,570,608), Spain (2,881,793), and France (3,224,798).


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