#CoronavirusSA: 991 new infections

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. Picture: GCIS

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says 118 247 healthcare workers have now been vaccinated in the country since the Johnson & Johnson doses arrived in February.

South Africa kicked off its mass vaccination programme in February after the J&J vaccine doses touched down.

In phase 1 of the vaccination programme, only healthcare workers in the public and private sector are being vaccinated as they are most at risk to Covid-19 infection.

They are being vaccinated as part of the Sisonke Protocol, a study, which allows the government to roll out the vaccine to health workers while awaiting the necessary approvals from the SA Health Products Regulator.

In terms of Covid-19 infections, he said there were 991 new infections, as well as 103 new deaths, which took the country’s death toll since March last year to 50 906 deaths.

This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 infections to over 1.5 million infections since March.

The number of recoveries in the country stands at over 1.4 million recoveries, which means there is a recovery rate of about 94.8% currently.

Mkhize said they had now tested over 9.2 million people in the private and public sector, with over 30 000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

The Free State, Gauteng and KZN provinces had the most deaths.

Deaths by province

Free State – 28 deaths

Gauteng – 28

KZN – 24

Western Cape – 15

Mpumalanga – 6

Eastern Cape – 2

South Africa has procured 9 million vaccine doses from the J&J, as well as 20 million doses from Pfizer have been promised, along with an additional 12 million doses from the COVAX facility.

South Africa also expects vaccine doses through the AU’s African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team facility.

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