The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 5 350, with 103 deaths reported.

This is an increase of 354 from Tuesday. “This is the highest number of cases in a 24 hour cycle recorded to date and represents a 73% increase relative to the day before,” said Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, on Wednesday evening.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 197 127, of which 11 630 were done in the last 24 hours.

“Regrettably, we report a further 10 deaths today from Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 103.

“We convey our condolences to the families of the deceased and appreciate the health workers who treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.

The provincial breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases are as follows:

Eastern Cape: 630; Free State: 113; Gauteng: 1408; KwaZulu-Natal: 956; Limpopo: 31; Mpumalanga: 31; North West: 29; Northern Cape: 17; Western Cape: 2 135; and Unknown: 0.

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