‘Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga still need to increase vaccine enrollment’

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Gauteng, North West and Mpumalanga still need to increase their vaccine enrollment, as they have low numbers of people registering to be vaccinated.

This emerged during a visit  by Deputy Minister of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya to a vaccination site at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein. They assessed the delivery of frontline services and the implementation of the vaccination programme at the site.

Dhlomo says the Free State needs to focus on rural areas to urge vaccination enrollment.

“We have Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng as three provinces where we have to push and accelerate the vaccination improvement. In the Free State, (it) is not just one or top of the three. However, there are also successes in this province around where we are pulling on the hospital and the whole of Mango. We probably have less and less problems in terms of getting numbers to come in, but where we do have pockets of challenges is the most rural parts of the province,” says Dhlomo.

Meanwhile, South Africa has reported 5 644 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 770 575. This increase represents a 17.6% positivity rate.

The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (35%), followed by Western Cape and Eastern Cape (16%) each.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has also reported a further 235 COVID-19 related deaths bringing total fatalities to 81 830 to date.

There has been an increase of 291 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Below are the latest coronavirus stats in SA:




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