SA records less than 1,000 new COVID cases and 51 more deaths

The Department of Health on Sunday said 967 tests came back positive during the latest reporting cycle.

FILE: A nurse from Lancet Nectare hospital performs a COVID-19 coronavirus test in Richmond, Johannesburg, on 18 December 2020. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - For the first time in a while, South Africa has recorded less than a thousand COVID-19 infections over the space of 24 hours.

The Department of Health on Sunday said 967 tests came back positive during the latest reporting cycle.

Sadly, 51 more people deaths were recorded over that same time, taking the known COVID-19 death toll to 87,052.

On the vaccine front, over 16.8 million jabs have been administered so far.

Government is trying to ensure at least 70% of the population is inoculated by the end of the year.

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