SA’s Covid-19 cases continued to climb at a rapid rate, with 5,688 cases reported in the past 24 hours.
This is not only the biggest single-day increase in confirmed cases, but also the first time that more than 5,000 cases have been recorded in a single day.
The increase means that, by Wednesday night, there were 111,796 confirmed cases of the respiratory infections caused by the coronavirus in SA.
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The health ministry on Wednesday also announced an increase of 103 Covid-19 related deaths, taking the national total to 2,205.
It took 66 days for SA to register its first 10,000 cases (March 5 to May 10), but just two days to reach its most recent 10,000 cases.
While the Western Cape remains the country’s Covid-19 epicentre, it no longer accounts for more than half of the country’s total cases – the first time this has been the case for a number of weeks.
Of the total 111,796 total cases, just over 49.3% (or 55,162 cases) were in the Western Cape.
Gauteng accounts for 26,156 cases (about 23.3%) and the Eastern Cape 19,214 cases (about 17.2%).
In total there were 56,874 recoveries.
The statistics were based on a total of 1,416,894 tests, of which 34,122 were done in the past 24-hour cycle.