With 101,590 cases, South Africa has one-third of entire Africa’s covid-19 cases
London, June 23, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has breached the 100 000 mark, as the official figure stands at 101 590, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Monday.
Mkhize reported a further 61 Covid-19-related deaths – one from Limpopo, three from KwaZulu-Natal, 18 from the Eastern Cape and 39 from the Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1 991
The figure means that South Africa alone is responsible for about one-third of the figure in the entire 54 African countries affected by the pandemic
On Monday night, Africa’s total coronavirus figure passed the 300,000 case mark with total confirmed cases at 314, 209 with an overall death toll reaching 8,322 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
South Africa has conducted a total of 1 353 176 tests of which 25 116 are new tests.
The mortality rate stands at 2%, while there have been 53 444 recoveries, which translates to a recovery rate of 52.6%.
The continent has also made significant improvement on recoveries which now stands at 150,062. Active confirmed cases is 155,825
After months of slow burn, recorded coronavirus cases are beginning to rise sharply in Africa.
While these cases amount to just three per cent of the world’s total, experts have warned that the pandemic is now accelerating in many parts of Africa, where poor health services make the virus an acute threat.
It took almost 100 days for Africa to record its first 100,000 coronavirus cases. It took another 18 days for Africa to reach 200,000 cases and a further 11 days to hit 300,000.
John N. Nkengasong, the director of the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, has warned that the continent could be the next ‘epicentre’ of the pandemic as cases begin to overwhelm fragile health systems.
Covid-19 has spread more slowly across Africa than many thought it would. This is mainly because most African governments took quick and robust steps to limit the spread of the virus early on, while officials in the UK and US dithered.