516 Covid deaths, 16 240 new cases in SA

516 Covid deaths, 16 240 new cases in SA

Over 500 more people, diagnosed with the Covid-19 in South Africa, have died.

South Africa Covid-19 Nurse - AFP
Guillem Sartorio / AFP

This brings the pandemic death toll to 68 192. 

Over 16 000 new cases have been picked up in the last 24-hour period.

They represent a 27. 5 percent positivity rate. 

"Today [Wednesday] the institute reports 16,240 new Covid-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,327,472," the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said.

READ: Pfizer/BioNTech to produce Covid-19 vaccine in SA

"The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (32%), followed by the Western Cape (21%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 11%; Limpopo and North West each accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State accounted for 3%; and the Northern Cape accounted for 2%." 

More than 48 000 Covid-19 vaccines were administered in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. 

Nationally, over 250 000 people rolled up their sleeves yesterday for the jab. 

Since the start of the programme, 5.8 million shots have been given.

New Newswatch podcast banner yellow

Show's Stories