The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 516 more people have died from COVID 19 in the latest 24-hour reporting period and the overall number of people who have died now stands at 68 192.
This report provides updates on the COVID-19 related deaths that have been reported by Provinces. In the last 24 hours, 516 deaths have been reported: EC 57, FS 0, GP 157, KZN 47, Limpopo 115, MPU 15, NW 0, NC 18 and WC 107 bringing the total to 68 192 deaths #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/p8zxLTHdni
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) July 21, 2021
The NICD says 16 240 new cases of the coronavirus were detected, pushing the total number of infections nationwide to 2 327 472.
Gauteng remains the province worst affected by the third wave, now accounting for about a third of the new cases. It is followed by the Western Cape, which accounts for around one fifth of the new cases.
The test positivity rate is around 27.5%.
Latest COVID-19 stats:
The Health Ministry says 257 492 people have received vaccine shots so far. This is reportedly the highest number of vaccines administered in a 24-hour period thus far.
The ministry says more than one million single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been administered and close to a million second dose Pfizer vaccines – meaning that around two million people are now fully vaccinated.