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1 210 new confirmed Covid-19 cases amid vaccine arrival hope

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1 210 new confirmed Covid-19 cases amid vaccine arrival hope

17th February 2021

By: News24Wire

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Another 1 210 Covid-19 cases have been reported in the country as a new vaccine consignment renews hope of the programme restarting.

The number of deaths linked to the virus rose by 219 people.

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The recovery rate is now 93.5%.

The latest update came as hopes rose again for a renewed vaccine programme following the arrival of a consignment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at OR Tambo International Airport last night.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine the country obtained from the Serum Institute of India has been offered to the African Union.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been approved by the SA Health Products Authority, and it would be moved to a secure facility in Gauteng.

It will then be distributed overnight to various vaccine centres countrywide.

The country, which has emerged from its second wave of the virus, has reported 1 494 119 cases and 48 313 deaths.

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