COVID-19 in SA: 110 deaths, 5,782 new cases recorded

South Africa has been criticised for its slow vaccine rollout despite being one of the first countries in Africa to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To achieve herd immunity by the end of the year, at least 125,000 people must be vaccinated each day. There have been a few hiccups along the way with both phases of vaccination. Shahan Ramkissoon spoke to Professor Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology at Wits University, about this. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The COVID-19 positivity rate has reached a record high of 12.7 percent, indicating the country is moving into the third wave.

It's also recorded the highest number of new infections in months.

The health department said 5,782 new cases have been recorded.

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Gauteng accounts for almost 3,000 of those cases.

It's also seen the highest number of deaths, accounting for 54 of the 110 new deaths.

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The recovery rate has also dropped slightly and now stands at 93.5 percent.

The department says it's monitoring the numbers to see if it is sustained.

It's calling on South Africans, especially those in Gauteng, to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.


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