South Africa has recorded 9 199 new COVID-19 infections, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 805 604 .
The total recoveries now stand at 2 578741.
As per the National Department of Health statement, a further 247 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of fatalities 83 161 to date.
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Ramaphosa on vaccines
President Cyril Ramaphosa says those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will delay the country’s ability to achieve herd immunity and ultimately the return to full economic activity.
He says while no one should be forced to take vaccines, people should be encouraged to be vaccinated for the safety and that of those around them.
Ramaphosa was responding to the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, in the National Assembly during his question and answer session.
The President adds that although the rights of people should be respected, they should be balanced against the rights of others to protect against infection.
President Cyril Ramaphosa Question and Answer session in parliament: