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South Africa’s COVID-19 daily infections continue to drop, with 792 new cases logged on Monday. 

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, expressed his condolences to the families of the 97 people who lost their lives to Coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

Of the latest fatalities, 30 are from Free State, 22 from the Western Cape and 15 from Gauteng.

The Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal each recorded eight fatalities, and seven each in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

This pushes the death toll to 49 150, while the cumulative number of cases has peaked to 1 504 588 since the outbreak.

According to the Minister, the country is now home to 41 872 active cases.

KwaZulu-Natal currently has 14 662 infected patients, followed by the Free State with 7 008 and 6 988 in the Western Cape.

In addition, there are 4 016 active cases in Gauteng, 3 483 in the North West, 2 793 in the Northern Cape, 1 272 in Mpumalanga, 1 106 in Limpopo and 544 in the Eastern Cape.

“Our recoveries now stand at 1 413 566, representing a recovery rate of 93.9%,” said Mkhize.

The information is based on the 8 907 857 tests conducted, 15 342 of which were recorded since the last report.

The Minister said the number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Programme has risen to 23 059 as of 22 February 2021.

Globally, the World Health Organisation is reporting 111 102 016 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2 462 911 deaths.


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