Saturday, 09 January 2021 21:34

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in a statement said the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa now stands at 1 214 176.

This is an increase of 21 606 new cases identified in the last 24 hours.

A cumulative total of 7 120 847 tests have been completed with 77 167 tests conducted since the last report.

Mkhize said a further 399 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: Eastern Cape 85, Free State 11, Gauteng 69, Kwa-Zulu Natal 96, Limpopo 5, Mpumalanga 15, Northern Cape 12 and Western Cape 106 .

This brings the total deaths to 32 824.

The minister added that the recoveries now stand at 956 712, representing a recovery rate of 78,9%.

Meanwhile President Cyril Ramaphosa assured South Africans that the vaccine rollout plan is well on track.

"We want to take from that supplier and that supplier and be able, in the mix, to get a relatively good average price. So, we are engaging with many suppliers around the world.

Once the vaccine arrives on home soil, government will prioritise the vaccination of health care workers and thereafter an ambitious plan has been set out to give jabs to around 40 million people.

Ramaphosa added money will never be a problem when procuring the vaccine.

This is despite much criticism and national outcry that government was dragging its feet in getting the much-needed jabs as COVID-19 cases spike.

He said he was confident that millions of South Africans would have access to COVID-19 vaccines as government continues to negotiate directly with manufactures.

"This month we will have our first batch delivery of vaccines which will be coming from India."

To date, there are 85 929 428 confirmed global cases of COVID-19, including 1 876 100 deaths, reported to the World Health Organisation.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.