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SA records 157 COVID-related deaths in the last day, KZN reports most fatalities

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Most deaths were recorded in Kwazulu-Natal with 46 fatalities, followed by Gauteng with 33 and 26 in the Free State province.

Patients are seen lying on hospital beds inside a temporary ward dedicated to the treatment of possible COVID-19 coronavirus patients at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on 11 January 2021. Picture: Phill Magakoe/AFP

JOHANNESBURG – One hundred and fifty-seven more people have died from COVID19-related complications, pushing South Africa’s death toll to 49,941.

Most deaths were recorded in Kwazulu-Natal with 46 fatalities, followed by Gauteng with 33 and 26 in the Free State province.

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In the last 24-hours, the health department recorded a total of 1,447 new infections which brought the number of cases identified since March last year to more than 1.5 million.

The recovery rate remains at 94%

VACCINE ROLLOUT AHEAD OF TARGET

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At the same time, the health department said the Sisonke Programme has outperformed its original targets for the number of health workers vaccinated in its first week.

READ: Health dept ‘ahead of target’ in vaccine rollout for healthcare workers

So far, South Africa has vaccinated a total of 67,303 health workers since the start of the nationwide vaccine rollout under the programme.

This followed the arrival of the second batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the country on Saturday.

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