South Africa has reached a major milestone in its Covid-19 vaccination rollout plan. The Department of Health announced that more than 8,1 million South Africans are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
This means that more than 16.4 doses of Covid-19 vaccines has been administered.
Yesterday, 178 685 people received Covid-19 jabs, of which 100 853 people were fully jabbed. This means they either received one dose of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine or a second jab of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reinforces the fact that South Africa is exiting a long third wave of infections. South Africa identified 2 197 new infections which bring the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 886 331 in the country.
The majority of these new cases came from Kwa-Zulu Natal (594), followed by the Western Cape (366) and the Eastern Cape (329). The NCID confirmed that the current positivity rate in South Africa is 6.1%.
It was also confirmed that 160 hospital patients died from Covid-19 related illnesses.
The number of newly reported Covid-19 cases and Covid-19 related deaths is also declining around the world.
Data from the World Health Organisation shows that 3.6 million new Covid-19 infections were reported around the world and under 60 000 deaths were reported between 13 and 19 September 2021. This amount of deaths represents a 7% decrease compared to the previous week.
During a Covid-19 briefing last week, South African Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla said that vaccination was the key for South Africans to get back to the way of life before Covid-19.
“If we ramp up vaccination, we are certain that we can reclaim the kind of life we are all missing. We can get more social activities and even more economic activities including sports, arts and culture events,” said Phaahla.