South Africa has recorded over 5 000 new COVID-19 cases for five days in a row, bringing the total number of infections to 1 696 564.
This is after South Africa detected 5 074 new infections on Sunday, June 6.
This is a clear indication that the country has entered a third wave of rising infections.
Meanwhile, according to Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, the death toll has now increased to 56 974 after 45 people succumbed to COVID-19.
Of the latest fatalities, 16 are from Free State, 15 from the Northern Cape, six from the Western Cape, one from KwaZulu-Natal, while the rest of the province recorded zero deaths.
“We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased patients,” said the Minister.
In addition, 1 578 033 patients have recovered, while the country currently has 61 557 active cases.
“The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 11 876 594 with 35 821 new tests recorded since the last report.”
Concern over rising numbers in North West
North West Health MEC, Madoda Sambatha, has raised concern over the rising daily COVID-19 positive cases across the province.
According to the provincial department, the province has been experiencing a peak in new infections in the past seven days with an average of 300 cases reported daily.
“The North West province is currently experiencing a serious spike in Coronavirus cases since last week, an average of 300 cases per day is a huge sign of concern for our province,” said MEC Sambatha.
“In the last 24 hours we recorded a total of 426 new positive cases and this gives us 6 810 active cases,” he added.
Since the beginning of June, the province has been logging over 400 daily cases, while Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda are the hardest-hit districts by the recent resurgence.
“These recent developments do not augur well for the provincial health system,” the department said.
Meanwhile, Sambatha said the Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital sounded an alarm on Sunday with an increasing number of hospitalisations for Coronavirus cases.
“This raises a grave concern for the provincial health system as it points out to a potential crisis if our communities do not take preventative measures to curb the spread of infections, we, therefore, urge our communities to assist us to protect our fragile system by adhering to preventative measures,” he said.
The province has since warned its citizens of the looming third wave, which accounts for the rise in new daily cases.
According to Mkhize, 1 343 433 people have been vaccinated in South Africa. About 3 311 724 are currently registered.
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Globally, as of 6 June 2021, there have been 172 630 637 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3 718 683 deaths, reported to the World Health Organization.