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Durban – South Africa’s Covid-19 deaths approached 50,000 on Tuesday after figures from the National Health Department showed 49,413 people had succumbed to the virus to date.
According to the department, 263 Covid-19-related deaths were reported on Tuesday – up from 97 deaths the previous day.
Of the most recent deaths, 51 were in the Eastern Cape, 27 in the Free State, 39 in Gauteng, 60 in KwaZulu-Natal, 55 in Limpopo, three in the North Cape and 28 in the Western Cape.
Mpumalanga and the northwest had 0 deaths.
“We offer our condolences to the relatives of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased patients,” the department said in its daily statement.
A silver lining in the statistics was that the virus recovery rate in South Africa was 94%.
A total of 1,419,459 people have recovered from the virus.
The latest data comes from Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize, who announced on Tuesday that South Africa is expected to receive 80,000 more doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine by the weekend.
He said SA has joined more than 87 countries in the fight against Covid-19.
Of the 80,000 vaccines released last week, 23,059 people had been vaccinated by Monday, and the country was well on its way to vaccinating 40,000 by Wednesday, Mkhize said.
Mkhize said 54,685 health care workers have signed Covid-19 in the public sector and 779 have since died.