The daily number of coronavirus cases has breached the 10 000 mark in South Africa on Wednesday. A statement released by the Department of Health reveals that the country recorded 10 008 new cases since the last report taking the cumulative number of cases to 883 687.

8 provinces record an increase in new infections. The Western Cape is leading with  3 233 new cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng with  2 743 and  1 795 respectively.

Only the Eastern Cape reported a decrease in their new cases, according to the report.

The details are as follows:
Increase in WC (from 2 785 yesterday to 3 233 today)
Increase in KZN (from 1 152 yesterday to 2 743 today)
Increase in GP (from 1 278 yesterday to 1 795 today)
Increase in NW (from 152 yesterday to 182 today)
Increase in LP (from 59 yesterday to 154 today)
Increase in MP (from 67 yesterday to 146 today)
Increase in FS (from 67 yesterday to 88 today)
Increase in NC (from 36 yesterday to 56 today)
Decrease in EC (from 1 956 yesterday to 1 619 today)

The department says daily cases are growing exponentially.  “Our positivity rate is sitting at 21%. This far exceeds the ideal positivity rate of 10%. We continue to assess the entire country and where we identify risks, we will engage and make a determination if further containment measures or restrictions are required.”

The department has also reported  166 more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total to 23 827 deaths.

A cumulative total of 5 968 692 tests have been completed with 48 118 new tests conducted since the last report.  The number of recoveries now stand now stands at 774 585.

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