South Africa has recorded 3 220 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24-hours, which brings the total number of infections to 2 958 548. This increase represents a 9.2% positivity rate.

Gauteng recorded 2 629 of all new infections.

A further eight  COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89 791 to date.

Latest SA cases:

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According to the NICD, “The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (82%), followed by North West and Western Cape each accounting for 4% respectively. KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga each accounted for 3% respectively; Limpopo accounted for 2%; and Eastern Cape, Free State and Northern Cape each accounted for 1% respectively.”

There has been an increase of 30 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Omicron variant

Government has moved up the meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council to Saturday – sparking rumours of an imminent hard lockdown. The meeting had originally been set down for Sunday.

The discovery of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant circulating in South Africa has exacerbated concerns of intensified restrictions.

NCCC meeting discussing new variant: