SA records more than 4 000 new COVID-19 cases

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The total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa has reached 796 472 after a further 4 173 people were confirmed to have the virus in the most recent period.

The Department of Health says in a statement that 65 people have died in the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 21 709.

The Health Ministry says the deaths are as follows: Eastern Cape 4, Free State 15, Gauteng 4, KwaZulu- Natal 12, North West 17, and Western Cape 30.

Meanwhile, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro continues to deal with the increase in coronavirus infections, but stricter COVID-19 regulations are possibly on the cards to curb the rapid spread. The acting mayor of the metro, Thsonono Buyeye says they are reviewing decisions around the opening time regulations and the sale of alcohol.

The infection rate in the Eastern Cape remains the highest in the country. The province is dealing with more than 8200 active cases.

Nelson Mandela Bay Metro overwhelmed by coronavirus cases: