Cape Town – A total of 2,327 new cases linked to Covid-19 were identified in South Africa yesterday, seven more than Wednesday.
This brought the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases to 1,498,766, Health Minister Zweli MKhize said in a statement on Thursday.
A total of 230 additional deaths have been reported: Limpopo 122, KwaZulu-Natal 27, Eastern Cape 24, Gauteng 21, Western Cape 19, Mpumalanga 10 and Free State 7. No deaths have been reported in the northwest and the North Cape.
The total number of deaths now stands at 48,708. The number of healings has increased to 1,403,214, for a cure rate of 93.6%.
The cumulative total of tests performed to date is 8,807,299, with 34,556 new tests registered since the last report.
South Africans have widely adopted face masks to counter the threat of Covid-19 but are losing their social distance and washing their hands.
This is according to the latest National Income Dynamics Study – Coronavirus Rapid Mobile (Nids-Cram) survey
Reported mask wearing has increased for all groups over time, regardless of Covid-19 beliefs, according to the survey.
In July-August, 74% of respondents reported wearing a mask, increasing to 78% in November-December.
However, handwashing decreased over the same period, from 60% in July-August to 53% in November-December, and physical distance also decreased.
In the latest survey, fewer respondents think they’ll get Covid-19 and more now think they can avoid getting it.
Meanwhile, only 55% of blacks in England aged 70 to 79 had been vaccinated against Covid-19 on February 11, compared to 86% of whites in this age group, according to early research into the vaccination program. against the coronavirus in England.
According to a study by OpenSafely, led by the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, among people of South Asian descent the figure was 73%.
These ethnic groups have been particularly affected by Covid-19 with a disproportionate number of deaths. Government advisers said factors such as living conditions and occupation are behind the increased risk.