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Covid-19: South Africa records 862 new infections and 31 confirmed new deaths

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Covid-19: South Africa records 862 new infections and 31 confirmed new deaths

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8th March 2021

By: News24Wire

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South Africa recorded 862 new Covid-19 infections by Sunday, along with 31 new Covid-19-related deaths.

According to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, as of Sunday, the country recorded a total of 1 521 068 Covid-19 cases and 50 678 confirmed deaths.

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The total number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol is 101 841.

Gauteng remains the most affected province with 26.7% of the total confirmed cases, which translates to 406 729 cases.

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KwaZulu-Natal has recorded 330 565 confirmed cases to date, the Western Cape 278 883 cases and the Eastern Cape 194 115 cases.

South Africa recorded 862 new Covid-19 infections by Sunday.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded the most confirmed active cases with 9 140, followed by the Western Cape with 5 603 and the Free State with 4 804.

The recovery rate is 94.7% and 1 440 874 recoveries have been recorded.

To date, 9 255 492 tests have been completed, with 18 989 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, Mkhize said on Sunday.

Mkhize also reported a further 31 confirmed Covid-19-related deaths, of which 12 were recorded in Gauteng, 11 in the Western Cape, four in Mpumalanga, two in the Free State and two in KwaZulu-Natal.

This brings the total to 50 678 confirmed deaths.

"We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased," Mkhize said.

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