South Africa's Covid-19 death toll hits 80 000

South Africa's Covid-19 death toll hits 80 000

South Africa's passed a grim milestone of 80 000 Covid-related deaths.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 516 more people, who contracted the virus, have died.

The country's pandemic death toll has now climbed to 80 469.

More than 13 200 new cases were confirmed, which means the positivity rate is 20 percent.

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KwaZulu-Natal remains the epicentre following a recent spike in infections and the province has recorded another 3 627cases.

"The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (27%), followed by Western Cape (25%). Eastern Cape accounted for 13%; Gauteng Province accounted for 10%; Free State accounted for 7%; Mpumalanga and Northern Cape accounted for 5% each; North West accounted for 4%; and Limpopo Province accounted for 2% of today's [Wednesday] new cases," the NICD said.

Over 31 500 people took the coronavirus jab in KZN on Wednesday.

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Overall and nationally, 11.3 million vaccines have been administered.

Meanwhile, 600 more people have been admitted to hospital.

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