South Africa records 13 652 new coronavirus infections, 479 deaths

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported 13 652 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of cases to 2 511 178.

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A further 479 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the country, bringing total fatalities to 74 352.

The Western Cape has now recorded 4 128 new coronavirus cases followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 2 673 and Gauteng with 2 534 new cases.

Meanwhile, newly-appointed Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says more COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to arrive in the country. He says he’s pleased that government has been able to vaccinate over 8.3 million people so far.

Phaahla says they are vaccinating around 200 000 people per day. With the help of private pharmacies, the government is working towards administering a million shots every three days.

Phaahla was giving an update on the department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday morning.

“We are rolling out more and more sites including small towns and rural areas. Also on small pharmacists. It’s not only the big ones, your Clicks and Dischems but the independent pharmacists. We appreciate them,” says Phaahla.

Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla media briefing on government efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic:


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