THERE HAS been another big decrease in new COVID-19 infections.
Just over 2,500 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.
This takes the total number of infections in the country to more than 566,000.
130 more people have died from the virus, this brings the death toll to 10,751.
Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal has breached the 100,000 mark.
It also has the second-highest cases edging past the Western Cape.
South Africa now has a recovery rate of 75 percent.
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that his team is preparing to make recommendations to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) around the easing of lockdown restrictions in South Africa.
Mkhize told the SABC that government has recorded a downward trend in coronavirus cases across all of South Africa’s provinces, and that it will be presenting these findings to president Cyril Ramaphosa this week.
“We are preparing submissions. We will need to make certain restrictions around easing restrictions and the NCCC will have to take into account a lot of issues.
“Out of that, the president will provide guidance around what we are able to do.”
Mkhize added that the president’s guidance will be based on scientific evidence, trends in coronavirus cases, as well as presentations from a variety of sectors.
“I would say that if we really want to see things changing and restrictions being eased off , we must really focus on masks, hand sanitisers and washing hands.
“If we do so, I think we will be able to get good news.”
With the national state of disaster set to end this week – on 15 August – Mkhize said that it was the recommendation of the Department of Health to extend it further.
“We will see how the decisions are made, but we feel it is too early (to end the state of disaster).