Saturday, 03 April 2021 07:36

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said South Africa has recorded 1 273 new Covid-19 infections and a further 49 deaths over the past 24 hours.

This brings the cumulative number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic to 1 550 72 and death toll now stands at 52 946.

At 415 038, Gauteng remains the province with the highest number of positive cases recorded to date while the Northern Cape has had the lowest number of cases at 36 478.

The number of health care workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol remains 269 102, Mkhize said.

As the Easter weekend kicks off, KwaZulu-Natal remains the province with the highest number of active cases at 5 661. The Western Cape follows closely with 5 211 active cases while the province with the lowest number of active cases right now is the Eastern Cape with 225.

To date, 9 939 695 tests have been completed with 27 622 tests conducted since the last report,said the minister.

Meanwhile Aspen says systems are in place for the production of 31-million Covid-19 vaccine jabs at its plant in the Eastern Cape. 

The deal, in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, got a further boost when the South African Health Products Regulation Authority gave it a conditional registration.

Aspen CEO Stephen Saad has paid tribute to scientists who are at the forefront of vaccine development. 

"Let's give tribute to our scientists who are critical and they really need support and they really need more financing and we really need to building that skill set," he said.

He has also addressed fears that the vaccine may be sold to richer countries, leaving very little to South Africans.