The SA recorded 9,149 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to figures released by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Thursday.
There were also 127 Covid-19 cases. Hospital deaths reported in the past 24 hours, according to NICD figures.
Gauteng again made up the majority of new cases – 5,597 or 61%.
The new infections mean that a cumulative 1,722,083 cases have been reported in the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
The new infections – the highest number since mid-January – had a positivity rate of 15.7 %.
According to the NICD, the numbers mean that the third wave of infections has officially hit the country.
” SA technically entered its third wave today as the national seven-day moving average of incidence (5,959 cases) exceeded the threshold set by the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) for the new We lle exceeds. The MAC defined the threshold of the 7-day moving average of the new wave as 30% of the highest incidence of the previous wave, “said the NICD there were 844 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours. There are currently 7,300 people hospitalized in South Africa for treatment related to Covid-19.