- The death toll in South Africa regarding Covid-19 now stands at 81 595 with 134 new deaths reported; however, the Department of Health stated these were not only in the last 24 hours
- The number of new infections rose by 7 740 in a day, as was recorded for Sunday, 29 August by the NICD
- KwaZulu-Natal recorded over 2 000 new cases in a single day, making it the highest number of cases reported in the country
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South Africa's cumulative Covid-19 death toll has risen to 81 595 with 134 new deaths recorded in 24 hours. SA's coronavirus infections rose by 7 740 in a single day on Sunday, 29 August; this is according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
The Department of Health revealed that over 12 million Covid-19 vaccines have been administered so far. Of the 12 million, 22 566 vaccine doses were administered in the last day.
A report by the NICD revealed that there has been a 17% positivity rate due to the rate at which the virus is spreading. As of 29 August, Gauteng faced the worst amount of cases with 904 590 being confirmed in total, KwaZulu-Natal has a cumulative number of 476 193 cases while the Western Cape is sitting on 483 059.
KZN sits at the highest daily recorded cases with 2 206 people being infected with the virus in the last day. News24 reported that 127 people were admitted to hospital in the last 24 hours, making the total number of people in hospital 13 090.
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How vaccine hesitancy impacts the country's rollout programme
In other news about Covid-19, Briefly News reported that vaccine hesitancy is plaguing the country with psychologists revealing that there are several factors behind why people refuse to get the Covid-19 jab. One of the reasons is a lack of relevant information about the vaccine.
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that vaccine hesitancy is a global health threat. According to SABC News, psychologists state that the country needs to do more to address the vaccine hesitancy.
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