COVID19 Cases in South Africa Hits above 500,000
Amid the calm and drop in COVID19 cases in other countries in Africa, South Africa has continued to experience a hike in cases with over 8,153 deaths recorded across the country.
The South African Ministry of Health released a statement backing these records on Saturday, 1st August 2020 and also stating that the country now has 10,107 new cases, making it the most affected country in the whole of Africa as a whole and fifth country in the world with the most cases.
Denis Chopera, a virologist based in Durban explained that the hike in cases predicts that South Africa may likely reach about 1 million cases very soon and that the virus may remain in the country for a pretty long while before being totally cleared off.
Recall that the first COVID19 case in South Africa was first reported on March 5, 2020, with the first death coming in on the 27th of March 2020 from a male citizen who arrived from Italy.
President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of disaster on March 15th 2020 and also declared South Africa on lockdown on the 26th of March 2020.
Following these developments, South Africa now has over 503,000 ongoing cases. This has kept schools closed and resulting in an extension of the academic year into 2021/2022.