Recovery in SA rises to 3,673,257

On Sunday, February 27, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases detected in South Africa has been 3,673,257 with 1,266 new cases identified, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed.

This represents a positivity rate of 6.7%.

38 Covid-19-related deaths – 2 of them in the past 24 to 48 hours – were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 99,229.

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There were 11 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours.

The total number of recoveries was 3,673,257 with a recovery rate of 96.4%. The country currently has 32,298 active cases.

A total of 23,071,788 tests have been conducted to date in both the public and private sectors.

The total number of vaccines administered in the country so far stands at 31,439,128 as of February 27.

provincial division

The majority of new Covid-19 cases came from Gauteng (529), followed by Western Cape (225) and KwaZulu-Natal (197).

This is followed by Mpumalanga (98), while Northwest and Free State registered 84 and 63 new cases respectively.

Eastern Cape registered 35 cases followed by Eastern Cape (23) and Northern Cape (12) had the lowest cases.

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Nearly six million dead

The coronavirus has killed at least 5,941,236 people since the outbreak broke out in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled Sunday from official sources.

The Covid-19 pandemic continued its strong retreat across the world this week, except in Asia, where the number of cases rose by a fifth.

The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 948,215, followed by Brazil with 648,913 and India with 513,724.

Taking into account the excess mortality from Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the true death toll could be two to three times higher.

Additional reporting by AFP

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