53 more South Africans die of COVID-19; 1,569 new infections reported

In the last 24 hours, 1,569 infections have also been reported, with more than 1.5 million positive cases identified since the start of the pandemic.

A morgue attendant at the Johannesburg branch of the South African funeral and burial services company Avbob checks the condition of a protective wrapping inside a refrigerated container where bodies of patients deceased with COVID-19 related illnesses are kept isolated ahead of their burials on 22 January 2021. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Fifty-three more people have died in South Africa after contracting COVID-19, pushing the national death toll to 53,940.

In the last 24 hours, 1,569 infections have also been reported, with more than 1.5 million positive cases identified since the start of the pandemic.

The country's recovery rate is still at 95%.

The number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke protocol stands at 292,623.

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