South Africa has reached a new daily record in the third wave with a shocking 21 584 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Thursday.
This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,995 556.
This increase of 21 584 new COVID-19 cases represents a 28.4 % positivity rate.
A further 382 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 61 029 to date.
“The cumulative number of recoveries is 1,754 793.”
An increase of 769 hospital admissions has been reported in the past 24 hours.
The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases – 12 806 (59%), followed by the Western Cape with 2 447 new cases (11%) and North West with 1 468 new cases (7%) provinces.
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13,133 428 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.
Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane earlier announced that the Delta variant is the dominant strain in the country, meaning it accounts largely for the new COVID-19 infections that have been recorded during the third wave.
It has so far been detected in more than 80 countries, the first being India, which has been grappling with the respiratory disease.