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20,999 new infections push SA’s COVID-19 caseload to 1,170,590

The Health Department reported that 441 more people had died after contracting the virus - with the death toll now at 31,809.

FILE: A City of Tshwane Health official takes a nasal swab to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus on a taxi operator at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District, on 11 June 2020. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has recorded 20,999 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours.

These positive tests have pushed our caseload to 1,170,590 since the start of the pandemic.

The Health Department reported that 441 more people had died after contracting the virus - with the death toll now at 31,809.

The recovery rate is hovering at around 80% - with 938 216 people having recovered so far.

Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Thursday that the first million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine would land in South Africa this month, with a further 500,000 doses due to arrive in February.

READ: Mkhize adamant COVID vaccination rollout plan achievable

Mkhize also said the nation did not need to panic about not getting the vaccine stocks it needed on time.

“We will manage this situation to the best of our abilities but also, we will be making sure that we bring vaccines as quickly as possible into South Africa. By the time we start the vaccination programme, we won’t be very far from many countries, we will actually be in line with many countries.”

WATCH: Mkhize details COVID vaccine rollout plan to Parliament

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