Mkhize also reported that there were 72 Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours.

The latest figures mean that there are now 1,637,848 cumulative cases and 55,874 cumulative fatalities since the outbreak of the coronavirus in SA in March last year.

Of the new deaths, 21 were in the Free State, 13 were in Limpopo and the Western Cape, seven were in Gauteng, six were in the Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.

Mkhize also reported that there were now 171,860 people who had received the first jab of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine across SA.

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