SA records 25 more COVID deaths, 648 new infections

These latest fatalities, recorded over the past 24 hours, take the country's known death toll to 88,317.

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 - Twenty-five more people have died in the country after contracting COVID-19.

These latest fatalities, recorded over the past 24 hours, take the country's known death toll to 88,317.

Over the latest cycle, 648 tests also came back positive, which works out to a positivity rate of 2.9%.

Authorities are trying to make sure that at least 30 million people are vaccinated by the end of the year - so far just over 19 million jabs have been administered but many still need to get their second Pfizer shot.

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