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31 851 infected in NC as vaccine set to arrive soon

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100 additional people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Province.

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THE MINISTER of Health Dr Zweli Mhkize announced an additional 100 people testing positive for Covid-19 in the Northern Cape, bringing the cumulative total to 31 851 people.

He stated that three more deaths occurred over the past 72 hours and the total number of deaths now stands at 577.

As of January 30, the Frances Baard district recorded the highest number of new positive cases at 29, followed by 23 cases in the Pixley ka Seme district, 21 cases in the ZF Mgcawu district, 15 people tested positive in the Namakwa district with 11 cases reported in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district.

One case is unallocated.

He stated that there were 3 864 active cases in the Province and 27 408 or an 86 percent recovery rate.

The Northern Cape provincial executive council has indicated that the Province is ready to roll out the Covid-19 vaccines that are expected to arrive in the country on February 1.

It indicated that the Premier Dr Zamani Saul would announce the roll-out plan in due course.

The first batch of one million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in South Africa from the Serum Institute of India on Monday.

Frontline and health care workers are first in line to be vaccinated.

Another 500 000 vaccines are expected to be flown into South Africa in the second batch next month.

Government intends being the sole distributor of the vaccine while medical aid schemes will be used to subsidise the national roll-out where members may be expected to pay a co-payment.