Makhosi Khuzwayo has taken a chance of using her mask as a fashion statement. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi Africannewsagency(ANA)
Makhosi Khuzwayo has taken a chance of using her mask as a fashion statement. Picture: Nqobile Mbonambi Africannewsagency(ANA)

Covid-19 in SA: 2 320 new cases, 165 new deaths recorded in last 24 hours

By IOL Reporter Time of article published Feb 17, 2021

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DURBAN – SOUTH Africa now has a cumulative number of 1 496 439 Covid-19 cases with 2 320 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The Health Ministry announced that 165 new deaths have also been recorded, taking the SA’s total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 48 478.

Eastern Cape – 15

Free State – 22

Gauteng – 76

KwaZulu-Natal – 14

Mpumalanga – 4

Northern Cape – 9

Western Cape – 25

“The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 772 743 with 35 413 new tests recorded since the last report. Our recoveries now stand at 1 399 829, representing a recovery rate of 93,5%,” the Ministry confirmed.

Meanwhile, the various provinces are expected to roll-out their Covid-19 vaccines this week. Last night, SA’s batch of 80 000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrived at the OR International Airport.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and five health-care workers were among the first group of people to be vaccinated against the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of more than 2 million people around the world.

Both Gauteng and the Western Cape kicked off their vaccination programmes today and KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala and KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu are expected to launch the province’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out plan tomorrow at the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in uMlazi.

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