South Africa has 5,019 more cases of COVID-19.
This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to over 3,926,652.
National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD) reported 15 deaths from COVID in the past 24 hours, but warned that there could be a backlog in reported cases due to the Health Department’s ongoing review.
Thus, the death toll now stands at 100,931.
The recovery rate is 95.9%, meaning over 3,766,603 people have recovered from the virus.
Gauteng has the most active cases, followed by the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Northwest, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
Over 35.7 million doses have been administered on the vaccination front.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.
More than eight million of the 28 million children in this age group in the United States received two shots and are now eligible for an additional dose at least five months after the second shot.
However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still needs to approve vaccinations before they can be administered.
The U.S. government is pushing for eligible Americans to get booster shots, despite evidence showing that immunity to the vaccine declines over time.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Kaliff said that in the Omicron variant, more children become infected with Covid.
Since children aged 12 to 17 receive the Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa, it may not be long before children under 12 also become eligible for the vaccine in that country.
Health Minister Joe Fahla said last year that the Covid-19 vaccine was not approved for use in South Africa in children under the age of 12.