Garden Route COVID-19 cases on a downward trend: Health authorities

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Health authorities in the Garden Route region of the Western Cape say COVID-19 cases are still on a downward trend. The former hotspot now has 321 active cases which are being monitored.

In the meantime, the vaccination of healthcare workers in the region is proceeding well. Health Department Spokesperson, Nadia Ferreira says everything is going as planned.

“All situations are being continuously monitored. Our first group of healthcare workers from both the public and private sector received their Johnson and Johnson vaccinations on the 3rd of March. The vaccination site at George Hospital utilised the full quota of 320 vaccines that were received last week and plan to use the full quota of 360 received for this week’s vaccinations.”

The Department of Health says it is pleased that more than 100 000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated in just over two weeks with the early access Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The Department of Health has thanked all the healthcare workers who took their vaccinations, saying this act demonstrates their trust in medical science and confidence in the system.

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Latest COVID-19 stats in South Africa: 

On Monday evening, the Health Department reported 638 new cases of coronavirus, taking the number of total infections to 1 521 706.

There have, at the last reporting period, been a further 125 COVID-19-related deaths in the country, bringing the national toll to 50 803.

Recoveries now stand at 1 442 045, representing a recovery rate of 94.7%.

The number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol is 107 054 as at 6.30pm 8 March 2021.

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