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Sunday, 26 September 2021 20:32

Covid-19 Daily Update:Death toll hits 87 052 as cases rise by 967.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 967 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,896,943This increase represents a 5.0% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (28%), followed by Eastern Cape (17%). Western Cape accounted for 12%; Free State accounted for 10%; Gauteng Province, North West and Northern Cape each accounted for 8% respectively; Mpumalanga accounted for 7% and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

NICD said a further 51 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87,052  to date.

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Meanwhile the R150-million Digital Vibes scandal has claimed yet another health official, and this time it's the Director-General of the Department of Health Dr Sandile Buthelezi who has been suspended.

Dr Nicholas Crisp, Deputy Director General responsible for National Health Insurance, will continue to act until Buthelezi's hearing process has been concluded, the health department said.

In June, President Cyril Ramaphosa placed the health minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave so he could respond to allegations against him in the Digital vibes saga. Mkhize later resigned.

Last month, there were questions over whether Buthelezi had either been fired or suspended after Minister Joe Phaahla appointed the department's Deputy Director-General Dr Crisp as acting director-general.