Gauteng has recorded more than 5 000 new cases in the past 24 hours, to 98 400 confirmed cases on Sunday, followed by the Western Cape at 78 399.

In a statement, the Health Department announced that 64 of the new deaths were in Gauteng, 22 in the Eastern Cape, 15 in the Western Cape and 7 in KwaZulu-Natal.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased by 12 058, bringing the country’s total cases to 276 242. South Africa is now among the top 10 countries with high number of confirmed cases.

108 more people have succumbed to the virus, bringing the total COVID-19 related deaths to 4 079.

The Western Cape has recorded the most COVID-19 related deaths with 2 348 while the Northern Cape has recorded the least deaths with 11.

The country has conducted 2 154 391, with 45 821 new tests conducted in the last 24-hour cycle.

A total of 134 874 people have recovered from the virus, translating to a 48.8% recovery rate.

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Below is the full statement by Dr Zweli Mkhize. 

SA to remain on alert Level 3

Presisdent Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said that after deliberation, the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided not to move the country into a higher lockdown level as this will not affect the peak of the virus and for its economic impact.

As a result, the county remains on Level 3.

The President says everything possible needs to be done to contain the virus that has now infected more than a quarter of a million South Africans. He has criticised those who are not complying with implemented measures.

He says many of the deaths have occurred after people attended gatherings, funerals and house parties, adding there are now 500 infections every hour in South Africa.

“And we know that many more infections have gone undetected. As of this evening, there are 276 242 that are confirmed cases in our country. We are now recording well over 12 000 new cases every day. That is the equivalent of 500 new infections every hour of the day.”

In the video below, President Cyril Ramaphosa announces that SA will remain in alert Level 3: