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South Africa registered 2,327 new cases of coronavirus in a 24-hour period on Thursday, bringing the number of confirmed infections in the country to 1,498,766, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced.

Mkhize said another 230 deaths were also recorded, bringing the total death toll to 48,708.

He said the highest death toll was recorded in Limpopo province, where 122 people died from COVID-19-related diseases in one day, followed by Kwazulu-Natal province, which lost 27 lives and the Eastern Cape 24.

Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg economic center and the capital Pretoria, recorded 21 deaths, while the tourism center in the Western Cape recorded 19 casualties and the Free State province seven.

Two of the country’s nine provinces, which include the Northwest and North Cape provinces, did not report any new deaths.

Mkhize said at least 1.4 million people in the country had recovered from the virus, representing a cure rate of 93.6%.

He said 8.8 million people have been tested for the virus since the pandemic was first detected last March. Meanwhile, 34,556 new tests were performed in the past 24 hours.

South Africa on Wednesday began vaccinating health workers against the coronavirus. Mkhize found that 2,260 health care workers had been vaccinated since the Sisonke Protocol as of 6 p.m.

South Africa has the highest number of infections on the continent. Alsoshtë is also the 16th most affected country in the world in terms of cases.

Vaccines will be administered in stages, with health workers receiving the first strokes. The second phase will include other essential workers, teachers, the elderly and those with contemporary illnesses, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a recent speech.

“The third phase will involve all the other adults,” he added.

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