SA’s Covid-19 death toll tops 84 000

SA’s Covid-19 death toll tops 84 000

The Covid-19 death toll continues to increase with the number of fatalities now exceeding 84 000. 

A medical worker prepares Covid-19 coronavirus swab test for international passengers arriving for the “Phuket Sandbox” tourism scheme that allows vaccinated visitors at Phuket International Airport in Phuket on July 1, 2021.

Statistics released by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Wednesday show that the country recorded 253 new Covid-related deaths. 

This brings the total number of fatalities in the country to 84 152.

Although new infections continue to show a sustained decrease, new cases recorded in just one day still stands at 7 338.

This represents a 13.3% positivity rate. 

KwaZulu-Natal continues to have the highest number of new infections. The province accounts for (26%) of new cases, followed by the Western Cape (22%) and the Eastern Cape at (17%). 

The Free State accounts for (11%) of new cases, followed by Gauteng at (8%).

The Northern Cape and the North West each accounted for (5%).

Mpumalanga accounted for (4%), and Limpopo Province for (2%) of new cases.

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