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Friday, 22 October 2021 21:44

Covid-19 Daily Update: SA records 517 new cases with 56 related deaths.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 517 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 918 883. This increase represents a 1.7% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (24%), followed by Free State and Western Cape (17% each). Gauteng Province accounted for 13%; Eastern Cape accounted for 8%; North West and Mpumalanga each accounted for 7%; and Limpopo accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.

NICD said a further 56 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 891 to date.

Vaccine Update:
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South Africa has now passed the 21 million mark for total COVID-19 jabs administered since the start of the country’s vaccination rollout programme.

This comes after 205 253 doses were distributed in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 21 011 187 doses administered to 14 568 927 people.

The Department of Health’s data shows that the Western Cape is leading the race so far, with 45.38% of its adults having received at least one dose of the jab, followed by 42.60% in Free State, 42.16% in Limpopo and 41.88% in the Eastern Cape.

In addition, the latest statistics indicate that 11 346 972 adults are now fully jabbed, with 149 492 either having received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second dose of Pfizer on Thursday.

According to the World Health Organisation, as of 21 October 2021, there have been 241 886 635 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4 919 755 deaths and 6 655 399 359 administered vaccine doses.