JOHANNESBURG - The daily COVID-19 positivity rate is down to just under 20 percent.
But the death toll remains high and day-on-day infections are on the rise again.
In the last 24 hours, 555 people have died and just under 9,000 more have tested positive.
Infections in the hotspots -- Gauteng and the Western Cape -- have increased by just 2,200 in each province.
KwaZulu-Natal has reported 1,700 more cases.
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 45 312 tests were conducted in the last 24 hrs, with 8 988 new cases, which represents a 19.8% positivity rate. A further 555 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 72 992 to date. Read more: https://t.co/if7MiZnLRi pic.twitter.com/FPR1FGn1FQ— NICD (@nicd_sa) August 3, 2021