South Africa has seen its first substantial rise in COVID-19 infections since Level 1 of the nationwide lockdown was implemented. As of October,10, the total number of detected COVID-19 cases is 690 896 with 2 364 new cases identified since the last report, with the Western Cape representing 16,3% of that total.  

The cumulative number of nationwide tests conducted to date is 4 388 171 with 28 066 new tests conducted since the last report.

A further 126 COVID-19 related deaths have also been recorded: 39 from Eastern Cape, 35 from the Free State, 10 from KwaZulu Natal, 30 from Gauteng, 4 from Mpumalanga and 8 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 673. The total number of recoveries now stand at 622 153 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

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