Busy week ahead for undertakers as South Africa’s confirmed covid-19 cases top 500,000
London, August 2, 2020 (AltAfrica)-With 148 new covid-19 deaths, undertakers in South Africa prepare for another busy days ahead as the country’s confirmed cases also crossed half a million, the health ministry said on Saturday.
Africa as a whole approaches a million covid-19 cases
Africa’s most most affected nation recorded 10,107 new confirmed Covid-19 cases, pushing the total to 503,290, the health ministry said, four months since the first case was confirmed in the country
With 178 119 cases, Gauteng remains the current epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, with the Western Cape at 96 189 confirmed cases in second place. KwaZulu-Natal has the third highest number of cases at 79 607, followed closely by the Eastern Cape with 78 782 confirmed cases.
Deaths and recoveries
There been 148 new deaths reported since the previous day’s figures, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.
Of these, 41 were from KwaZulu-Natal, 40 from Gauteng, 36 were from the Eastern Cape, 24 from Western Cape and 7 from the Northern Cape.
The total number of Covid-19 related death across South Africa now stands at 8 153.
The number of recoveries currently stands at 342 461 which translates to a recovery rate of 68%, the ministry said.
The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 001 985, with 42 450 new tests conducted since the health ministry’s last report.
More than 17.67 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 679,918 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.