More than half a million coronaviruses have been confirmed in South Africa, the country’s health minister has said.
Juellini MKJ announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, bringing the number to 503,290, with 6,153 deaths.
South Africa is the most affected country on the continent and accounts for half of all infections in Africa.
It has the fifth highest number of cases in the world after the United States, Brazil, Russia and India.
The actual number of deaths in the country could be much higher, the researchers said.
Health authorities say the rate of infection is rising rapidly, with incidents currently concentrating in the vicinity of the capital, Pretoria.
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More than a third of all infections have been reported in gouting – The financial center of South Africa, and a province that has rapidly become the epicenter of a national epidemic.
The infection is not expected to be final for another month.
South Africa imposed a severe lockdown in April and May that reduced the spread of the coronavirus.
It was slowly resumed in June, but as infection rates began to rise again, bans were reintroduced, including a ban on the sale of alcohol. The state of emergency remains in effect until August 15.
The influx of patients has put an incredible strain on South African hospitals and the BBC’s investigation has found a finding of a systemic failure that has exhausted healthcare professionals and brought healthcare closer to collapse.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said last month that 26,000 hospital beds had been found for Kovid-19 patients, but that the country was still facing a “severe” shortage of doctors and nurses.
Last week the World Health Organization warned that the South African experience was probably a precursor to what would happen across the continent.