Covid-19 Daily Update: SA records 2106 new cases with 108 related deaths.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), 2,106 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,900,994. This increase represents a 4.6% positivity rate.
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (30%), followed by Western Cape (18%), Gauteng Province accounted for 11%; Eastern Cape and Free State accounted for 10% each; Northern Cape accounted for 9%; North West accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga accounted for 5%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.
NICD said a further 108 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87,525 to date.
South Africa has now crossed the 17 million mark of the total number of COVID-19 doses administered.
This comes after 164 097 jabs were distributed on Tuesday, pushing the tally to 17 176 603 since the start of the country’s vaccine rollout programme.
According to the Department of Health, the country is now home to 8 611 747 fully vaccinated adults. Of these, 102 399 people either received their second shot of Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson jab in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile Deputy President David Mabuza will on Friday launch the Vooma Vaccination Weekend Campaign in the North West, Bojanala Platinum District.
According to Presidency, the campaign is heeding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for every Minister, Premier and Mayor to convene at least one prominent event in every district in the country to support and encourage people to get vaccinated against Coronavirus.
"This includes providing information and taking the vaccination sites into communities and homes," the Presidency said.
Furthermore, the Deputy President will also lead the "Return to Play – It’s in your Hands" of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The focus, said the Presidency, is to partner with all sectors of society to increase the rate of vaccination in the country towards ensuring that SA attains the target of reaching population immunity by 31 December 2021.
The Deputy President has been visiting different communities to encourage the public who are still hesitant towards COVID-19 vaccines to get vaccinated in order to reduce chances of death, serious illness and hospitalisation from contracting Coronavirus.
"This is also to ensure that we return to normality and open up the economy," the high office said.
Mabuza will be accompanied by Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mtethwa, North West Premier Bushy Maape, Health Deputy Minister, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Bojanala Platinum District Mayor Maria Fetsang Molosiwa.