The South African Ministry of Health confirmed more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus this Sunday. It is the first time since the outbreak of the deadly epidemic that the country has crossed this threshold.
Cases have increased particularly in the Gauteng province, where both the state capital Pretoria and the large city of Johannesburg are located, and where a third of the cases are accumulated with 59,373 infections.
The local government of Gauteng has asked that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) allow it to impose strict blocking regulations to contain the outbreak. If approved, the province, a major power in South Africa’s economy, could return to a two-week preventive closure.
However, the most affected province remains the Western Cape with 68,376 and 2,026 deaths.
The total number of confirmed cases in the country is 187,977, which is most affected by a large difference on the continent, while the number of deaths is 3,026, according to the balance sheet collected by the South African newspaper News24.