SA recorded more than 8,100 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, along with 173 fatalities.
“We wish to reiterate our plea to South Africans to heed the threat of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases identified. There is clear evidence of an exponential rise in transmission and this is cause for serious concern,” said health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.
He confirmed that 8,166 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed infections countrywide to 836,764.
The confirmed cases come from 45,207 tests, at an infection rate of 18%.
Mkhize also reported 173 new Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours. Of these, 90 were in the Eastern Cape, 52 were in the Western Cape, 13 in Gauteng, 10 in KwaZulu-Natal and eight in Gauteng.
There have now been 22,747 confirmed deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic in SA.
To date, 756,671 recoveries have been recorded.
The bulk of the new cases came from the Western Cape (2,666) and Eastern Cape (2,187), following by KwaZulu-Natal (1,669) and Gauteng (1,234).
The Western Cape accoutned for of the new cases, the Eastern Cape 2,187