Infections with COVID-19 increased by 8 881 cases in South Africa on Wednesday, the most in a single day since the country recorded 12 271 infections on January 23.
Gauteng accounts for 62% of new infections, while the Western Cape accounts for 9%, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).
The proportion of optimism has risen to 16.5 percent, according to positive data.
The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases has risen to 1712 7550 since the outbreak of the fatal disease.
In the last 24 hours, a total of 11 985 750 tests have been performed.
The rising number of tests and COVID-19 cases, according to the NICD, is evidence of the projected third spike, not an aberration of data loading or a result of delayed laboratory turnaround times.
Hospital admissions have risen swiftly to 1 150, with Gauteng witnessing the most increase, with 587 new admissions, bringing the total to 7 194.
According to the Public Health Institute, 135 more in-hospital deaths have occurred, bringing the total to 57 347.
In South Africa, a total of 1 524 589 persons have been vaccinated, with 1 043 278 receiving their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
As of June 9, 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) documented 3 744 408 deaths linked to COVID-19.