17 people succumbed to Covid-19 in KZN this weekend.
17 people succumbed to Covid-19 in KZN this weekend.

17 people die in KZN from Covid-19 this weekend

By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Time of article published Apr 19, 2021

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DURBAN: Out of the 73 people who lost their lives to Covid-19 this weekend, 17 were from KZN.

According to the Department of Health, 16 people died in KZN on Saturday and the other death was recorded on Sunday.

In the past 24 hours, the infection rate rose by 1 089 bringing the total number of infections to date to 1 566 769.

KZN still remains the epicentre of the virus, having recorded a total of 5 544 active cases in the past 24 hours.

The Western Cape has the second highest number of active cases at 4 973, while the Eastern Cape has the lowest number at 265.

SA’s recovery rate remains firm at 95%, the department said.

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) recommended on Saturday that the government lift the pause on administering Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccines, given that certain conditions are met.

More than 200 000 South Africans over the age of 60 registered to be vaccinated in the country’s phase two vaccination programme, within 24 hours of registration opening.

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