The Health Department has recorded 1 429 news cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa to 1 503 796.

The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 892 515 with 24 856 new tests recorded since the last report.

The department regrettably reported a further 113 deaths COVID-19 related deaths, Eastern Cape two, Free State 12, Gauteng 17, Kwa-Zulu Natal one, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, North West 69, Northern Cape two and Western Cape 10, which brings the total to 49 053 deaths.

#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 21 February.

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Health Department conveyed condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients.

The recoveries now stand at 1 412 015, representing a recovery rate of 93,8%.

The number of health care workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol is 15 388 as of 6 pm 21 February 2021.

In this video below, KwaZulu-Natal vaccinated 1 279 healthcare workers: