The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 516 more people have died from COVID 19 in the latest 24-hour reporting period and the overall number of people who have died now stands at 68 192.

The NICD says 16 240 new cases of the coronavirus were detected, pushing the total number of infections nationwide to 2 327 472.

Gauteng remains the province worst affected by the third wave, now accounting for about a third of the new cases. It is followed by the Western Cape, which accounts for around one fifth of the new cases.

The test positivity rate is around 27.5%.

Latest COVID-19  stats:

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The Health Ministry says 257 492 people have received vaccine shots so far. This is reportedly the highest number of vaccines administered in a 24-hour period thus far.

The ministry says more than one million single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been administered and close to a million second dose Pfizer vaccines – meaning that around two million people are now fully vaccinated.