1 404 new Covid-19 cases identified in SA

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Cape Town – A complete of 1 404 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in South Africa, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize stated on Thursday, 43 lower than yesterday.

As of right this moment, the cumulative variety of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 1 517 666, with 96 extra deaths (95 yesterday).

Gauteng recorded 27 additional deaths, Free State 25, Western Cape 18, KwaZulu-Natal 17, Eastern Cape 5, Mpumalanga 2, Limpopo 1 and Northern Cape 1. No fatalities had been recorded in North West.

This brings the full variety of deaths to 50 462, with 1 436 010 recoveries, representing a recovery rate of 94.6%.

The cumulative whole of assessments carried out up to now is 9 178 323, with 30 799 new assessments recorded because the final report.

Data provided by the Department of Health

The South African National Defence Union (Sandu) has requested for drastic motion to be taken towards those that failed to make sure army well being staff had been included in the present rollout of the Sisonke vaccination programme.

In a press release, the union alleged that the SA Military Health Services had did not register army well being staff with the Sisonke programme, which is managed by the nationwide Health Department.

Most African nations will kick-start their Covid-19 vaccination programmes by the tip of March as efforts to acquire doses for the continent’s 1.3 billion individuals collect tempo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated on Thursday.

The continent faces logistical and monetary obstacles to securing all of the vaccines it wants, however the WHO-led Covax facility has begun to bear fruit.

“This week Africa has been at the forefront of Covax facility deliveries, finally, with almost 10 million vaccine doses being delivered to 11 countries as of this morning,” WHO Africa’s Matshidiso Moeti instructed a digital information convention.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden says selections to finish the required sporting of masks — similar to these by governors of Texas and Mississippi — amounted to “Neanderthal thinking” given the rising demise toll from the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked if he had a message to Texas and Mississippi, Biden instructed reporters: “I think it’s a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody’s realised by now, these masks make a difference.”

The prevalence of Covid-19 infections in England has dropped since January, however the rate of decline has slowed and cases is likely to be on the rise in some areas, researchers at Imperial College London stated on Thursday.

The researchers stated that nationwide prevalence was 0.49%, down two-thirds from the 1.57% recorded in January, however added that in comparison with interim findings for February, estimated prevalence had risen in London and the South-East, in addition to the East and West Midlands.

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