The majority of the new cases were reported in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal where 45% and 28% of the new cases were reported respectively.
The Department of Health’s deputy director-general, Dr Nicholas Crisp says it remains unclear if the country has entered the fifth wave of infections or if the rising case numbers are due to the lifting of the National State of Disaster.
After 750 days, President Ramaphosa announced the end of the State of Disaster in April. The State of Disaster was implemented to assist the government in dealing with Covid-19. However a number of restrictions remain in place, as Covid-19 has not disappeared completely.
He adds that despite the rising number of hospitalisations, it is not what would be expected in the middle of a wave of infections.
Crisp is also calling on people to get vaccinated against the virus. He also suggested mask-wearing when in enclosed spaces and practising handwashing.
He said, “Most importantly we need to be vaccinated. If you've had Covid-19 infection before and even if you’ve had your primary doses, you need to boost."
Crisp added that repeated exposure to vacation provides people with cellular immunity which provides long-lasting immunity and helps prevent people from getting severe infection.
“Everybody should go out and get vaccinated and not wait until there's a panic when we do head into a real wave”, concluded Crisp.