2,435 new cases on Sunday as recovery stands at 92%

A medical staff member prepares the AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine at the Mignot Hospital in Le Chesnay, near Paris, on February 7, 2021, after the top French health authority cleared the vaccine for use against coronavirus, but advised against giving it to people over 65. (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD / AFP)

South Africa recorded 2,435 new positive Covid-19 cases on Saturday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a late night statement.

This as 26,055 new tests were conducted, bringing the country’s total test tally to nearly 8,5 million.

Officially, there are now 69,641 active cases and the total death toll is 46,290.

On Sunday, an additional 110 deaths were reported.

The latest statistics come as the minister and the country’s Ministerial Advisory Committee gave an update on the effectiveness of vaccines against South Africa’s new coronavirus variant.

Unfortunately, the AstraZeneca vaccine, of which South Africa received a million doses last week, only provides for a 22% risk reduction for mild to moderate cases of the disease caused by the 501Y.V2 variant of the virus, which is driving the second wave of the disease in the country.

The Citizen