The Presidency has announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm tonight. South Africans can expect detailing on the country’s response to the pandemic, as the death rate rose to 49 941 over the weekend.
Taking Saturday into consideration, the total number of cases sits at 1 512 225. These figures should not overlook the recorded recoveries, which have improved at 1 429 047 (94 percent). This leaves the country with 33 237 active Covid-19 cases.
KwaZulu-Natal retains the highest number of confirmed cases at 9624. The Free State with 6442, Western Cape (6132), and Gauteng (3695) follow thereafter.
Progress has been made with regards to the three-phase national vaccination rollout, with 67 303 local healthcare workers getting the jab. The Health Department have emphasised the value of receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine through the Sisonke Programme.
A second batch of 80 000 doses arrived in the country on Saturday, although commercial approval for use has not yet been cleared.