South Africa recorded 1 678 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said on Thursday. 

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA IS EXPECTED TO ADDRESS THE NATION TONIGHT

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 900 994. 

This increase of 1 678 new COVID-19 cases represents a 4.1 % positivity rate. 

A further 101 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 87 626 to date.

“The cumulative number of recoveries is 2 773 344.” 

The majority of new cases is in Western Cape: 363 (22%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 333 new cases (20%), the Gauteng with 241 (14%), and the Eastern Cape with 203 new cases (12%) provinces. 

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17 690 407 tests have been conducted in both the public and private sectors.

President Cyril Ramaphosa set to address the nation on Thursday evening. 

The nation is waiting to hear if the lockdown regulations will be eased – or even entirely done away with – as speculation mounts that South Africa is set to be shifted to lockdown Level 1.

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Ramaphosa’s address follows the passing of the promised two-week review period set out following his last “family meeting,” in which the country moved from Level 3 to Adjusted Level 2 lockdown. 

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