South Africa has recorded 17,493 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number recorded since the country first entered the third wave of infections.
The country recorded an additional 166 Covid-19-related deaths, pushing the national death toll to 59,258.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the majority of new cases were in Gauteng- 10,806 confirmed cases, which accounts for 62% of infections, followed by the Western Cape-1 778 cases, which accounts for 10% of infections.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to meet with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Thursday, 24 June to discuss the government’s response to the third Covid-19 wave of infections.
A move to a harder lockdown is seemingly on the cards for South Africa.
Ramaphosa said there seem to be indications that government would have to increase measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
23 June 2021 #COVID19 statistics in South Africa. The cumulative number of cases is 1 861 065 and number of new cases is 17 493 . Daily deaths are 166 and cumulative number of deaths is 59 258. Recovery rate is 89,8%.https://t.co/8eEQHqWNJd
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) June 23, 2021