Covid-19: More than 9 million vaccine doses administered as 573 new deaths recorded

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  • South Africa recorded 7 502 new confirmed Covid-19 infections on Wednesday.
  • 573 new deaths have been recorded, bringing the official death toll to 75 774.
  • KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 26% of the new cases recorded on Wednesday.

More than nine million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered as part of South Africa's national rollout programme.

According to the Department of Health, 9 002 052 vaccine shots had been administered as of Wednesday. Of those, 175 095 were administered in the last 24-hour reporting cycle.

To date, 1 877 572 people have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, while 1 961 997 have been vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

South Africa has recorded 573 new Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the official death toll to 75 774.

According to a statement by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), as of Wednesday, the country recorded 2 554 240 laboratory-confirmed cases.

"The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)… reports that 7 502 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, representing a 18.9% positivity rate," the statement read.

As of Wednesday, Gauteng recorded 881 917 confirmed cases, the Western Cape 430 902 and KwaZulu-Natal 417 549.

"The majority of new cases today (Wednesday) are from KwaZulu-Natal (26%), followed by Western Cape (23%). Gauteng province accounted for 17%; Eastern Cape accounted for 13%; Free State accounted for 6%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 5% respectively; Limpopo province accounted for 3% and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today's new cases," NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh said.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded 1 979 new cases on Wednesday, the Western Cape 1 706 and Gauteng 1 273.

There was an increase of 459 hospital admissions in the last 24-hour reporting cycle. As of Wednesday, 14 743 people were admitted to both public and private hospitals for Covid-19.

South Africa conducted 15 363 298 cumulative tests, of which 39 639 were carried out in the last 24-hour cycle.

The recovery rate is 91.5%, which translates to 2 337 591 recoveries.

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