By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 21 610 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 179 297. This increase represents a 28% positivity rate.
Gauteng accounts for 50% of new cases, with the Western Cape accounting for 11%. Limpopo accounted for 10% of new cases, while KwaZulu Natal accounted for 9%. North West accounted for 7%, Mpumalanga for 6%, the Eastern Cape and Free State each accounted for 3%, and the Northern Cape accounted for 1% of today’s new cases.
There has been an increase of 580 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.
NICD said a further 265 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 64 138 to date.
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Meanwhile the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will meet on Sunday (11 July 2021), to assess developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and the national response to this challenge.
"The council’s deliberations come towards the end of a two-week period during which the country has implemented alert level 4 of the coronavirus national state of disaster," the presidency said in a statement.
"The council meeting will be followed by meetings of the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet."
President Cyril Ramaphosa moved South Africa to an adjusted level 4 lockdown on 27 June, introducing strict restrictions on gatherings, the sale of alcohol and a new evening curfew.
Ramaphosa said that these restrictions would be reviewed in two weeks time to establish their effectiveness, with an update due on 11 July.