Coronavirus: South Africa administers more than 16 million COVID-19 vaccines

South Africa topped 16 million mark for total administered COVID-19 doses since the start of the country’s vaccine deployment program.

This comes after 154,199 jabs have been distributed in the last 24 hours.

According to the Department of Health, there are now 7,997,795 citizens who have been fully vaccinated, of which 76,736 people received either the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday.

The dashboard also shows that there are now 11,711,920 people who have been vaccinated, or 29.43% of the country’s adult population.

Meanwhile, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Monday reported 1,504 new COVID-19 cases and 42 deaths due to the disease.

This brings the latest documented total to 2,884,134 infections and 86,216 deaths.

“The current surge of COVID-19 infections seem to show signs of a sustained downward trend, ”the public health institute said, adding that the increase represents a 7% positivity rate.

According to the provincial breakdown, the majority of new cases were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal after 391 people were confirmed to have contracted the virus.

The province was followed by 338 cases in the North Cape, 217 in the Free State, 174 in the Eastern Cape, 155 in the Western Cape, 113 in Gauteng, 59 in the Northwest, 43 in Mpumalanga and 14 in the Limpopo.

Data shows that 112 patients have been admitted to hospital since the last reporting cycle, bringing the number to 8,474 people receiving treatment.

According to the World Health Organization, as of September 20, 2021, there had been 228,394,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,690,186 deaths and 5,776,127,976 vaccine doses administered.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the South African government.

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