South Africa recorded 3 522 new Covid-19 infections by Wednesday and 167 new Covid-19-related deaths, taking the official death toll to 55 507.

According to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, as of Wednesday, the country recorded a total of 1 621 362 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

The total number of healthcare workers vaccinated under the Sisonke protocol is 480 665. These vaccinations were administered using the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and are therefore completed vaccinations.

The total number of people vaccinated in phase two of South Africa's rollout programme is 77 505. These vaccinations were administered using the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Gauteng recorded the most active cases with 9 185, followed by the Northern Cape with 6 541 and the Free State with 6 193.

The recovery is 94.2% and 1 528 868 recoveries have been recorded.

To date, 11 207 305 tests have been completed, with 40 355 tests conducted in the last 24-hour cycle, Mkhize said.

Mkhize also reported a further 167 Covid-19-related deaths, of which 46 were recorded in North West, 38 in the Free State, 35 in Gauteng, 19 in Limpopo, 10 in the Western Cape, seven in the Northern Cape, six in KwaZulu-Natal, three in the Eastern Cape and three in Mpumalanga.

This brings the total to 55 507 official deaths.

Provinces are back capturing data as far back as December 2020 as part of their Covid-19 mortality audits.

SOURCE: NEWS24