The first batch of vaccines is expected to arrive next week Monday, with healthcare workers being the first to be vaccinated.
It, therefore, remains to be seen when the general population can begin to do the same.
Life under the adjusted Level 3 lockdown will likely extend beyond February as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa.
A look at the latest report from the National Department of Health shows that the number of new infections each day is decreasing but still remains at a relatively high level.
For example, 7,150 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections for the country to date to 1,437,798.
There have also been 1,272,197 recoveries recorded, bringing the recovery rate up slightly to 88.3 per cent.
Unfortunately, the number of new deaths remains worryingly high, with 555 new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.
As we have seen this week, KwaZulu-Natal contributes the highest number with 249 deaths reported.
This brings the number of COVID-19-related deaths in South Africa to 43,105.
The full breakdown of COVID-19 in South Africa is as follows:
As always, in order to stay up to date with the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa and abroad, we advise the following materials and platforms:
- Dr Zweli Mkhize on Twitter
- COVID-19 Connect on WhatsApp – add 0600 123 456 as a contact and say “Hi”.
- World Health Organisation
- SA Coronavirus website
- SA Government
- SA Presidency
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