COVID-19 death toll in South Africa nears 60,000


A coronavirus testing unit sign outside Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. (Dwayne Senior / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
A coronavirus testing unit sign outside Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. (Dwayne Senior / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

South Africa‘s COVID-19 death toll hit 60,000 on Friday as the country aims to step up vaccinations to help curb the spread of the virus.

The country’s health ministry reported 215 new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll from the virus to 59,621.

During the same period, 18,762 new infections were recorded, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 1,895,905.

South Africa remains the country hardest hit by the pandemic in Africa.

The country’s case count accounts for 35.28% of total infections in Africa while its death toll accounts for 42.52% of the continent’s deaths.

Earlier, health officials said the country plans to more than double its daily COVID-19 vaccination rate over the next month to over 200,000 as more vaccines from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson will arrive.

Currently, the number of COVID-19 vaccinations in the country stands at 2.5 million out of a population of 60 million people.


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