Today South Africa has exceeded the half a million mark with a cumulative total of 503 290 confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded.
148 new Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded: 36 from Eastern Cape, 40 from Gauteng, 41 from KwaZulu Natal, 24 from Western Cape and 7 from Northern Cape. This brings the cumulative number of deaths to 8 153.
The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 001 985 with 42 450 new tests conducted since the last report.
However, the daily increase in infections appears to be stabilising, particularly in the worst-hit Western Cape, Gauteng and Eastern Cape provinces, Ramaphosa added.
The World Health Organization’s top emergencies expert Mike Ryan last week warned that South Africa’s experience was a precursor for what was likely to happen across the continent.
The difficulty – if not outright impossibility – of socially distancing in Africa’s poor, tightly packed urban areas, has also been an enabler for the spread of the virus.
Cases in South Africa, which has the fifth-highest total in the world, have overwhelmed an already stretched healthcare system.