NATIONAL NEWS - As of Thursday, 18 February 2021, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,498,766 with 2,320 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.
230 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 24 from Eastern Cape, 7 from Free State, 21 from Gauteng, 27 from Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), 122 from Limpopo, 10 from Mpumalanga and 19 from Western Cape.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 48,708.
Recoveries now stand at 1,403,214 representing a recovery rate of 93,6%.
A total of 8,807,299 tests have been completed with 34,556 new tests conducted since the last report.
Mkhize further revealed that 2,260 healthcare workers have already been vaccinated as of 6pm on Thursday.