More than 10 000 people infected in South Africa

indafrica May 11, 2020
Updated 2020/05/11 at 8:10 AM
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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has topped 10 000, including 194 fatalities, Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced on Sunday evening.

The death toll of 194 is an increase of eight on the previous day’s figure. Among those infected, 4 173 (or 42%) are considered to have recovered from the virus.

“As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 10 015,” the minister said in his daily update, expressing concern at the Western Cape and Eastern Cape combined comprising 84% of the total new cases.

The Eastern Cape’s trajectory could soon see it overtake KwaZulu-Natal as the province with the third-largest number of infections, behind the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Currently, South Africa is the worst-hit country in sub-Saharan Africa with 5 168 infections and 98 deaths in the Western Cape, which is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The release of the latest figures comes amid reports that the government has admitted to holding back information from the public on the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it is doing so to avoid panic.

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