The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports that 8 730 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases 2 456 184.

This increase represents a 23.0% positivity rate.

As per the National Department of Health, a further 178 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 72 191 to date.

Recoveries now stands at 2 230 871.

The Western Cape has again recorded the most new cases of the coronavirus in the latest reporting period as the third wave driven by the Delta variant subsides in Gauteng.

The NICD  says the Western Cape has recorded 2 333 new cases of coronavirus in the latest reporting period or around 27% of new cases.

Gauteng has recorded 2 040 cases.

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UCT public health specialist, Kerrin Begg, says the differentiated approach as was seen in Gauteng to fighting the coronavirus is the best way to combat further waves of the virus in the country.

Begg says Gauteng experienced a much more severe wave of the virus than the other provinces and the travel restrictions that were employed in the province were appropriate.

Begg says specific measures are likely to be applied to different provinces in future waves.