South Africa has recorded 7 338 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 836 773 This increase represents a 13.3% positivity rate.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says infections seem to be showing signs of a sustained downward trend.

“Although the total number of cases today is higher than yesterday and higher than the average number of new cases per day over the previous seven days, the number of new cases and positivity rate have decreased nationally compared to last week,” says NICD acting Executive Director Prof Adrian Puren.

A further 253 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 84 152 to date.

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