South Africa records over 13,000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours


South Africa recorded 13,246 new cases in 24 hours, the highest number since January this year, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Wednesday night.
NICD, a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said the percentage of people testing positive for the virus increased to 21.7% nationally.
Gauteng was again at the forefront of the growing number of cases, with 7,859 of the infections recorded there.
The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases nationwide increased to 1,774,312.
The NICD also reported 77 in-hospital deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 58,118.
The latest figures came after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared tighter lockdown measures due to increasing daily cases. Gatherings have been reduced to 50 indoors while a curfew was also imposed.

Edited by Olajumoke Adeleke

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