Sunday, 01 August 2021 20:43

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 8 791 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases 2 456 184. This increase represents a 23.0% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from Western Cape (27%), followed by Gauteng (23%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 20%; Mpumalanga accounted for 9%; Eastern Cape and North West accounted for 5% each; Free State and Limpopo accounted for 4% each; and Northern Cape accounted for 3% of today’s new cases.

NICD said a further 178 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 72 191 to date.

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Meanwhile Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi received 2.8 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses from the US government on Saturday.

Kubayi-Ngubane was joined by deputy health minister Dr Joe Phaahla and US Embassy chief of mission in South Africa Todd Haskell at OR Tambo International Airport

The batch landed at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The doses were the first in a consignment of Pfizer vaccines donated to South Africa by the US government.

The next batch of 5.6 million doses will arrive on Tuesday, the Department of Health confirmed.

"The arrival of the first Pfizer vaccine is part of the donation from the USA government. This contribution comes timely for us as we prepare to move to the younger age cohort of 18 in September. Today's donation contributes to security of supply to meet the demands we have to reach our set milestones and vaccinate a majority of the population soon," said the department.