Saturday, 02 January 2021 22:30

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, in his daily Covid-19 statement revealed that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa was now 1 088 889 with Gauteng leading the tally at 295 450.

This is an increase of 15002 new cases identified in the last 24 hours.

A further 288 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 92, Free State 9, Gauteng 39, Kwa-Zulu Natal 29, Mpumalanga 6, Northern Cape 2 and Western Cape 111,said Mkhize.

This brings the total deaths to 29 175 deaths.

The Eastern Cape has since the pandemic started reported 7 474 Covid-related deaths by Saturday, the Free State 2185 , Gauteng 5654, KwaZulu-Natal 4557, Mpumalanga 656, and Western Cape 656, Limpopo, 592, North West, 577 and the Northern Cape, 392.

The cumulative total of tests done to date is 6 706 231 with 46 913tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

Mkhize added that the total recoveries are 897 704, representing a recovery rate of 82,4%.

Meanwhile Israel says it has vaccinated one million people – more than a tenth of its population – against COVID-19, as it rolls out one of the world’s earliest and most rapid inoculation campaigns.

Netanyahu called it a moment of "great excitement".

Israel has administered the first dose of vaccine to more than 10 percent of the population, according to Edelstein, less than two weeks after the launch of its inoculation campaign.

The goal is to vaccinate 5.5 million people in the country of 9.3 million, Netanyahu said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein hailed the millionth vaccination on Friday in Umm al-Fahm, a predominantly Arab city in the country’s north.

More than 40 percent of those aged above 60 in the country have received the first of two injections of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Globally, 84.1m people have contracted Covid-19 as of Saturday, with 47.4m people recovering and 1.83m succumbing to the virus.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.