By Tamlyn Canham
South Africa’s COVID-19 infections continue to climb at an alarming rate.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the country has recorded 21,584 new cases.
South Africa has now recorded a total of 1,995,556 laboratory-confirmed cases.
“This increase 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 NICD said in a statement.
The number of cumulative #COVID19 cases cases reported today in SA is 1 995 556 and number of new cases is 21 584. The number of new deaths is 382 bringing the total to 61 029. Number of active cases is 179 734. Number of recoveries is 1 754 793 with a recovery rate of 87.9% pic.twitter.com/RAT2fRpKoQ
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) July 1, 2021
Gauteng continues to rise
The NICD says Gauteng accounts for the majority of new cases (59%), followed by the Western Cape (11%) and North West (7%) provinces.
Gauteng recorded 12,806 new cases on Thursday, July 1.
South Africa is currently on a level 4 lockdown due to the rising cases. The country’s vaccine programme continues to move full steam ahead.
Registration for those who are 50 and older kicked off this week.
— Gauteng Health (@GautengHealth) July 1, 2021