By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 5 372 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 829 435. This increase represents a 12.3% positivity rate.
The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (25%), followed by Eastern Cape (24%). Western Cape accounted for 18%; Free State accounted for 11%; Gauteng Province accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga & North West each accounted for 5% respectively; Northern Cape accounted for 3%, and Limpopo Province accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.
NICD said a further 282 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 83 899 to date.
Meanwhile government will in the coming days hold consultations with political parties and the religious sector on developments in the COVID-19 response.
This follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday to deliberate on developments in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said the meetings reflected on the rate of COVID-19 infections and vaccination, and assessed the COVID-19 prevention measures in force under Adjusted Level 3 of the national state of disaster.
"The NCCC agreed that government will in the coming days hold consultations with political parties and the religious sector on the observance of safety measures," GCIS said in a statement.
The department said following these discussions, the President will address the nation on the way forward to achieve population immunity through vaccination and to continue the protection of lives and livelihoods.
Furthermore, the President will address on the conditions that would apply to a relaxation of regulations and directions linked to the national state of disaster.