The story: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said he had used his time of recovery to reflect on the country's situation with the virus. He said he could not "help but be concerned" after reading and analysing South Africa's epidemiological reports.
The details: He said that in the past seven days, there was a "marked increase in the number of new cases in the Western Cape". He said: "The province recorded a 42% increase in new infections". He also noted that the single biggest cluster outbreak was identified in the southern sub-district in the Cape metro.
The background: The number of positive Covid-19 cases across the country increased by 1 050 on Tuesday, bringing the total cumulative number to 706 304. Since the health department reported on Tuesday, the country recorded 164 new Covid-19 related deaths. Mkhize said: "We must mention that the rate of new infections and deaths will inform the recommendations that the health department makes to the National Coronavirus Council".