South Africa has recorded 11 859 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 1 100 748.
The country has also recorded 402 new COVID-19 related fatalities, pushing the death toll to 29 577.
Most of the new deaths were recorded in the Eastern Cape.
In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says ,“Regrettably, a further 402 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 109, Free State 2, Gauteng 73, KwaZulu-Natal 85, Limpopo 23, Northern Cape 3 and Western Cape 107. This brings the total to 29 175.”
South Africa’s positivity rate is at 32% and Recoveries now stand at 903 679, representing a recovery rate of 82,4%
Meanwhile, Mkhize says they are expediting the delivery of a coronavirus vaccine in South Africa and are pushing for a rollout in February. He was addressing an online media conference amid calls for government to rapidly make a vaccine available in South Africa.
The Minister says structures have been set up to expedite the rollout of the vaccine in South Africa.
Frontline healthcare workers and the most vulnerable are to receive the vaccine first.
The first doses of vaccine in terms of the World Health Organisation’s COVAX facility had only been expected to be available in South Africa by around April.
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