South Africa records 924 new COVID-19 infections and 132 deaths

On the recovery front, 2,789,532 people have recuperated so far, placing the recovery rate at 95,8%.

Taxi drivers and commuters got their COVID-19 jabs on 18 August 2021. Picture: @GautengHealth/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has recorded 924 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, pushing the country's known caseload to 2,910,681.

Most new cases are from the Western Cape at 22%, KwaZulu-Natal at 19% and Gauteng at 15%.

Unfortunately, 132 more people have died after contracting the Coronavirus, bringing the national death toll to 88,236 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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On the recovery front, 2,789,532 people have recuperated so far, placing the recovery rate at 95,8%.

The total number of vaccines administered is 18,957,587 since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

RISE IN VACCINATIONS

Following a worrying lag in the number of vaccines administered in the past two weeks, the Health Department said the country had managed to get back to inoculating around 200,000 people a day over the last three days.

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Over 212,000 residents received their COVID-19 jab in past 24 hours, boosting South Africa’s total vaccination rate closer to the 19 million mark.

Gauteng has administered the most vaccine doses to date with five million followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal with just over three million jabs each.

With government missing its own target set earlier in the year, the department is attempting to entice citizens to get their shots by tying vaccination rates to a return to normal life.

South Africa launched its digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate on Friday that will be used to access stadiums, music festivals, social events and make travel to other countries easier.

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