The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says most COVID-19 infections happen over weekends.

It says public transport, domestic travel and social gatherings are spreading the virus across the country.

Most new infections are reported in Gauteng that currently has more than 22 000 of the 61 557 active cases in the country.

SAMA chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee has reiterated the association’s call for stricter measures.

“We calling for stricter restrictions especially curfews over the weekend. Increase in our number in hospitals over weekends people turned to over weekends come together and have parties unfortunately not adhering to the measurements that have been put in place.”

SA records over five thousand new COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day:

The Health Ministry says another 5 074 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest testing period, taking the overall number of cases to 1 696 564.

It’s the fourth day in a row that the number of cases has topped 5 000. Another 45 people have died from COVID-19 related illnesses. The death toll stands at 56 974.

The Health Department says, “Eastern Cape 0, Free State 16, Gauteng seven, KwaZulu-Natal one, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, North West 0, Northern Cape 15 and Western Cape six.”

The recovery rate is at 93%.

The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 11 876 594 with 35 821 new tests recorded since the last report.

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