South Africa has recorded 4 551 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number to 1 417 537.
The Department of Health has also announced 243 more COVID-19-related deaths. “Eastern Cape 65; Free State 18; Gauteng 33; Kwa-Zulu Natal 60; Mpumalanga 5; Northern Cape 5 and Western Cape 57. ”
This brings the total to 41 117 deaths. The recoveries now stand at 1 241 421, representing a recovery rate of 87,6%
The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 8 019 239 with 26 113 new tests conducted since the last report.
The latest coronavirus stats in SA:
Earlier, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the country will receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from India very soon. New Delhi has allowed the commercial export of vaccines and a shipment is expected to arrive any day now.
India makes 60% of the world’s vaccines and is home to several major manufacturers. South Africa will be paying for the vaccine, unlike many shipments to India’s neighbouring countries which will be covered by grants.
The exact cost for each dose has not been confirmed, but some reports suggest the country will be paying just over 5 dollars per dose. The high price, reports suggest, it is because South Africa has been categorised as an upper-middle-income country.
India itself has purchased 11 million doses of the Oxford jab from the Serum Institute for less than 3 dollars a shot.
The government has said that while prioritising domestic requirements, New Delhi will ensure regular vaccine supplies to partner nations like South Africa in the coming months.
South Africa’s vaccine strategy: