Durban – South Africa’s Covid-19 deaths jumped to 49,150 on Monday evening, figures released by the National Ministry of Health revealed.
This, after an additional 97 people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours.
Since the pandemic was first detected in the country last March, a total of 8,907,857 people have been tested, of which 1,504,588 have tested positive.
Of these, 1,413,566 have recovered.
According to the Department of Health, seven deaths have been reported in the Eastern Cape, 30 in the Free State, 15 in Gauteng, eight in KwaZulu-Natal, seven in Mpumalanga, eight in the Northern Cape and 22 in the Cape. western. The Northwest and Limpopo recorded 0 deaths.
Meanwhile, the Western Cape is making progress with the deployment of its Covid-19 vaccine, having vaccinated more than 2,700 health workers so far, Prime Minister Alan Winde said.
A total of 2,756 vaccines had been administered to health workers in the province at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
In KwaZulu-Natal, Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala said 1,279 health workers were vaccinated over the weekend.
South Africa has started vaccinating its frontline workers with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – 80,000 of which were delivered last week.
Anthony Fauci, America’s chief infectious disease official, has told Americans they should expect to wear masks until 2022.
According to the Washington Post, he told TBEN’s Dana Bash it could be a year before the country returns to normal despite rolling out a mass vaccination program.