SA records 3,641 new COVID infections and 61 more deaths

These fatalities - recorded over the past 24 hours - have brought the national death toll to 55,568.

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JOHANNESBURG – Sixty-one more people have passed away in South Africa after contracting the coronavirus.

These fatalities - recorded over the past 24 hours - have brought the national death toll to 55,568.

In a statement on Thursday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said: "Today, 61 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 7, Free State 2, Gauteng 17, KwaZulu-Natal 4, Limpopo 19, Mpumalanga 0, North West 0, Northern Cape 12 and Western Cape 0 which brings the total to 55,568 deaths."

The country also racked up 3,641 infections over that period, with the caseload since the start of the outbreak now at 1 625 003.

So far, 1 531 993 people have recuperated, which translates to a recovery rate of 94.2% for South Africa.

On the vaccine front, 597,406 people have received a jab since the rollout began earlier this year.

"The total vaccinated in Phase Two as at 17.10 today is 116 741. These vaccinations were with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine. Today, 177 sites were operational: 155 public sector sites and 22 private sector sites," Mkhize said.

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