In South Africa, the number of corona infections detected has exceeded half a million. Since the pandemic began, 503,290 cases of infection with the novel corona virus have been registered, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday in a press briefing. Accordingly, more than a third of the cases were recorded in Gauteng Province, which is the country’s financial center.
South Africa is the hardest hit by the corona pandemic on the African continent. More than half of all contagions registered across Africa were reported there. However, more is tested in the country than in many other African countries. According to official information, more than three million corona tests have been carried out since the beginning of March.
According to official figures, the number of deaths is 8153. However, South African researchers have observed high levels of mortality in recent weeks. According to the prestigious South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), 22,000 more people died between May 6 and July 21 this year than on average in the previous two years. The experts therefore assume a very high number of unreported cases of corona-related deaths.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday that the country’s corona death rate of 1.6 percent is doing well internationally. South Africa is in fifth place worldwide in the case of infections, but the country only ranks 36th internationally in the case of deaths caused by the corona virus.
In order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the government in South Africa had imposed a curfew at the end of March, but has since been gradually eased again. The health authorities had expected a sharp increase in the number of infections due to the easing.