Durban – Covid-19 deaths in South Africa slightly approached the 50,000 mark on Tuesday after figures from the national health ministry revealed that 49,413 people had so far succumbed to the virus.
According to the department, 263 deaths linked to Covid-19 were reported on Tuesday – compared to 97 deaths the day before.
Of the most recent deaths, 51 were in the Eastern Cape, 27 in the Free State, 39 in Gauteng, 60 in KwaZulu-Natal, 55 in Limpopo, three in the North Cape and 28 in the Western Cape.
Mpumalanga and the North West recorded 0 deaths.
“We send our condolences to the relatives of the deceased and thank the health workers who treated the deceased patients,” the department said in its daily statement.
One positive aspect in the statistics was that the virus recovery rate in South Africa was 94%.
A total of 1,419,459 people have recovered from the virus.
The latest data is provided by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, announcing on Tuesday that South Africa was due to receive an additional 80,000 does of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine by the weekend.
He said SA had joined more than 87 countries in the fight against Covid-19.
Of the 80,000 vaccines delivered last week, 23,059 people were vaccinated on Monday and the country was on track to vaccinate 40,000 by Wednesday, Mkhize said.
Mkhize said 54,685 healthcare workers contracted Covid-19 in the public sector and 779 have since died.