SA nears 50k death toll mark as global fatalities hit 2.5m

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Healthcare workers receiving the first batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Picture: Michel Bega

South Africa will on Monday reach another grim milestone as the official death toll stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic breaches the 50 000 mark.

The country recorded 52 deaths on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 49 993. An additional 1 168 new cases were identified.

In a statement, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said 22 836 tests were conducted and the recovery rate now stands at 94.5%.

As of Sunday evening 70 527 health care workers had been vaccinated. This as the country moves to lockdown level 1 as of Monday.

Citizen reporter & AFP