Covid-19: SA records 5 372 new confirmed cases, with 282 more deaths

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  • South Africa's death toll increased by 282, bringing the total fatalities to 83 899.
  • There were 5 372 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total to 2 829 435. 
  • To date, 13 892 301 vaccines have been administered.

South Africa's Covid-19 death toll increased by 282 on Tuesday, bringing the total fatalities to 83 899, according to health officials.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said there were 5 372 new Covid-19 infections - and the total number of cases was 2 829 435. 

KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 25% of Tuesday's cases.

"The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal 25%, followed by Eastern Cape 24%.

"Western Cape accounted for 18%, Free State 11%, Gauteng 9%, Mpumalanga and North West 5% each, Northern Cape 3% and Limpopo Province 1%," NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh said in a statement.

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In the past 24 hours, there was an increase of 302 hospital admissions in both the public and private sector.

According to the health department, the country's recovery rate is 92.3%, with a total of 2 610 300 recoveries.

To date, 13 892 301 vaccines have been administered.

By 17:00 on Monday, the Western Cape government had administered a cumulative total of 2 239 632 vaccines to healthcare workers, staff in the education sector, and those within eligible age brackets.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the province would officially leave the third wave as soon as case numbers were at 15% of the peak of the current wave or approximately 530 cases diagnosed a day. 

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