The Health Department says 240 more people have succumbed to the coronavirus in South Africa on Wednesday, bringing the national toll to 7,497.

Gauteng’s death toll is cause for concern.

A total of 156 people died in the province alone in the past 24 hour cycle.

It’s followed by the Eastern Cape with 34 deaths, KwaZulu Natal with 27 and the Western Cape with 23.

The department says 11,362 new infections have been reported over the same period.

The country’s cumulative number of confirmed case now stands at 471 123.

Meanwhile, a total of 297 967 people have recovered so far.

This means that the country has 165 659 active cases.

The Western Cape has 11,522 active cases and 2,985 people have died.