South Africa records over 7,000 new Covid-19 cases in two days
London, May 23, 2021 (AltAfrica)- South Africa has recorded 4, 237 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle. The country recorded another 3,332 on Friday, taking the figure to over 7,000 mark in just two days.
The figure takes the cumulative number of coronavirus in South Africa to 1 632 572.
The country has also recorded 53 new COVID-19 related fatalities on Saturday. Gauteng 27, Free State 17, KwaZulu-Natal 5, Western Cape 3 and Eastern Cape 1. No fatalities were reported in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape.
This brings the total number of deaths to 55 772. The cumulative recoveries now stand at 1 537 430, representing a recovery rate of 94.2%.
The number of tests conducted to date is 11 325 572. Of these, 43 755 tests were conducted since the last report
The Department of Health says it currently preparing for the public dashboard to go live on Monday adding, ” The data verification processes are under way over the weekend. We have undertaken a decision to report data as at
23.59 of the previous day, as we do with the daily statistics currently reported in the Minister’s daily
The total number of people vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme now stands at 480 665.
“These vaccinations were with the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine and are therefore completed vaccinations,” says the Department
“The total vaccinated in Phase Two as of 18.30 today is 162 281. These vaccinations were with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine,” it adds.
Meanwhile, scientists have reportedly discovered a new kind of coronavirus that is believed to have originated in dogs – in what may be the eighth unique form of the bug known to cause disease in humans, Reuters reported.
Researchers in a study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal said their findings from patients hospitalised with pneumonia in 2017-2018 underscored the public health threat of animal coronaviruses.