South Africa added more than 17,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, June 23. A total of 70,186 tests have been performed in the past 24 hours, and the positivity rate, which continues to rise, currently stands at 24.9%, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). Gauteng remains the province most affected by the disease.

The country now has 130,416 active cases.

SA ADDS MORE THAN 17,000 COVID-19 CASES

South Africa on Wednesday identified 17,493 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in the country to 1,861,065 since the start of the pandemic.

“The sharp increase in reported daily COVID-19 cases is cause for concern, especially in Gauteng province where the number of daily cases exceeds those of the previous two waves,” warned Dr Michelle Groome, head of the health division. Public and Response to NICD.

“Ultimately, it’s up to each of us to play our part in reducing the spread of the virus by minimizing our interactions with others during this time,” Groome added.

Sadly, 166 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 59,258 so far. “It is essential to manage our risks and the risk to others, especially the elderly, by limiting contact with others and avoiding gatherings with those who are not part of our safe bubble,” said the professor. Adrian Puren, Interim Executive Director of NICD.

PROVINCIAL DISTRIBUTION OF CASES

On Wednesday, the majority of new COVID-19 cases were identified in Gauteng (62%), followed by the Western Cape (10%). The table below lists the new cases found in each province.

PROVINCE NEW CASES ON JUNE 23
Gauteng 10,806
Western Cape 1778
North West 1018
KwaZulu-Natal 917
Mpumalanga 825
Limpopo 724
Eastern Cape 637
Free State 491
North Cape 297
TOTAL 17,493
Source: NICD

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Source: www.thesouthafrican.com
This notice was published: 2021-06-23 17:39:28

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