Covid-19 update: Cases, fatalities spike, vaccine trial underway

Covid-19 update: Cases, fatalities spike, vaccine trial underway

South Africa recorded a new high as far as cases and fatalities are concerned in the fight against Covid-19. explores the latest updates on the situation.

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SA recorded over 100 new deaths and over 5 600 new infections in the space of a single day. explores the latest news on the pandemic in Mzansi:

1. SA records one of the biggest spikes in cases, deaths

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that SA has seen a massive spike in both deaths and cases.

In a statement issued by his department, Mkhize noted the drastic increase, commenting that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 111 796."

The number of fatalities has also increased, one of the highest daily tolls recorded during the pandemic thus far:

"Regrettably, we report a further 103 Covid-19 related deaths - 15 from Eastern Cape, 25 from Gauteng and 63 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 2 205. We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased. The mortality rate is 2%. The number of recoveries is 56 874, which translates to a recovery rate of 50,9%"

READ ALSO: Brave Sowetan man first to take Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa

2. Nurse who died of Covid-19 allegedly had leave application ignored

Maggie Mathe was a senior clerk at the Nolungile Clinic in Khayelitsha before she died from Covid-19 complications.

Her colleagues at the clinic claim that the City of Cape Town has been putting lives at risk by delaying to approval or simply refusing sick leave:

“When Mathe applied for Covid-19 leave, she was ignored by the City; this is someone who was also asthmatic. In the past weeks her health got worse, and only then was her leave approved."

3. Vaccine trial underway in Mzansi

Wednesday saw the Covid-19 vaccine trial kicking off in South Africa, the first in both the country and Africa as a whole.

The historic moment was an emotional one for many, who said they wanted to help the world overcome the virus that has plagued it for months now. reported that the first participant was a Sowetan man who signalled that he would like doctors to learn from him.

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