File: The Department stated that 1,985 new cases have been identified.
JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says the COVID-19 surge is expected in July and August.
He says it's coming at a slower pace but failing to adhere to regulations will increase the rate.
This as the confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa rose to 287,796.
Gauteng has become the coronavirus epicentre with the province recording 103,713 infections and 644 deaths.
Mkhize said the rapid daily increase in cases is concerning.
"The sudden increase is what really shocked the system," Mkhize said.
"We must always stay ahead of the curve."
The department reported a further 93 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 4,172.
READ: COVID-19: SA cases rise to 276,242
Six deaths were reported in KwaZulu- Natal, 11 in Mpumalanga, 16 in the Free State, 37 in the Western Cape and 23 in the Eastern Cape.
The total number of tests conducted to date is 2,194,624 with 40,233 new tests conducted since the last report.
The number of recoveries is 138,241.
- Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
Help protect your loved ones by sharing this official South African government COVID-19 service with your family, friends and community.
Send HI to 0600 123 456 on WhatsApp.
The NICD has another Clinician Hotline to improve #COVID19 communication and support for healthcare providers. The Clinician Hotline is 0800 11 1131, operating 24 hrs. The Public Hotline is 0800 029 999 also operating 24hrs.