Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 48,285 recorded cases of COVID-19 in South Africa.
This is an increase of 2,312 over the 45,973 cases recorded on 6 June.
The total number of COVID-19 deaths recorded nationwide has risen to 998, which is an increase of 46 over the past 24 hours.
920,064 tests have been conducted to date, of which 28,395 were conducted since the last report.
“Today, we are deeply saddened to report the first death in Mpumalanga,” Mkhize said.
“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers who treated the deceased.”
The provincial breakdown of cumulative COVID-19 cases and deaths is shown below.
— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) June 7, 2020
Second wave incoming
South Africa will soon be hit by a surge of COVID-19 cases in line with what the Western Cape is experiencing, according to a recent report.
Shabir Madhi, professor of vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand, said the Eastern Cape will be where the Western Cape is now, in two weeks’ time.
He said that Gauteng will approach this level in four weeks’ time, and the Western Cape will be three-times worse than it is now in one month.
Madhi and others warned there will be a rapid increase in cases if people do not adhere to interventions like social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands frequently.