In South Africa, 418 die of covid on new year’s day, with 16,726 infection
London, Jan. 2, 2021 (AltAfrica)-On the first of the 2021 South Africa recorded 16 726 new cases of Covid-19 and 418 more Covid-19 related deaths, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday.
The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is now 1 073 887 and the the total detected deaths has reached 28 887.
In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says most of the new deaths were recorded in the Western Cape.
The Eastern Cape reported 66 Covid-related deaths on Friday, the Free State 8 , Gauteng 66, KwaZulu-Natal 134, Mpumalanga 6, and Western Cape 138.
The cumulative total of tests done to date is 6 659 318 with 50 110 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
Mkhize said the 16 726 new cases represent a positivity rate of 33.4%.
The total recoveries are 887 701, representing a recovery rate of 82,6%.
South Africa currently has the 17th most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.
Meanwhile, Mkhize has appealed to all South Africans to help protect healthcare workers against COVID-19, by adhering to the basic safety protocols.
Mkhize lit a candle at Durban’s King Edward VIII Hospital on New Year’s Eve to remember the more than 28 000 people who have died from the virus in the country.
He paid tribute to health care workers who are going beyond the call of duty as the pandemic is ravaging the country.
More than 43 000 healthcare workers have been infected and 438 have died from the virus.
“Every time a healthcare worker is infected with COVID-19, we lose at least 10 days of labour so desperately needed at this time. We may lose these precious resources for much longer if they all become ill and need to be treated and isolated longer,” says the Health Minister.
According to Johns Hopkins University’s real-time tally, the United States has now recorded more than 20 million cases of Covid-19.
The US has so far registered 20,007,149 cases and 346,408 deaths in the pandemic, the Baltimore-based university said, making it the country with by far the highest official number of cases and the highest death toll.
The United Kingdom has recorded more than 50,000 new daily cases of the virus for the past four days.
Both Britain and South Africa are currently facing a second wave in Covid-19 cases as new variants of the coronavirus have been discovered in both countries.