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Coronavirus infections top half a million in South Africa

Over half a million coronavirus infections have been confirmed in South Africa.

Zwelini Mkhize, the Minister of Health announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, taking the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths.

South Africa is the hardest-hit country in all of Africa and accounts for half of all the infections in the continent.




It also has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world after the US, Brazil, Russia and India.

Researchers have said the true number of deaths in the country may be far higher.

South African health authorities have said the rate of infection is increasing rapidly, with cases currently concentrated around the capital, Pretoria.



Of all the infections one third of the infections come from Gauteng, South Africa’s financial capital.

Infections are not expected to peak for another month.

South Africa imposed a strict lockdown in April and May that slowed the spread of the coronavirus initially.

It began a gradual reopening in June but restrictions with certain restrictions.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said last month that 28,000 hospital beds had been made available for Covid-19 patients but the country still faced a “serious” shortage of doctors and nurses.

Last week the World Health Organization warned that South Africa’s experience was a likely a precursor to what would happen across the rest of the continent.