South Africa has added another 2,300 more infections in the past 24 hours, surpassing the 630,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that undoubtedly claim it as the hardest hit country on the continent.
According to the National Health Ministry, 2,336 cases were recorded during Wednesday’s session, a figure well above the 1,200 figure the previous day, bringing the total to 630,595. The Gauteng region, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, is the hardest hit with more than 211,100 infections, 33.5 percent of the total, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 113,661.
In addition, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, a further 126 deaths have been counted, so that 14,389 people have already died from the pandemic in the African country, while another 553,456 have overcome the virus, which represents a 87 percent recovery rate.
On the flip side, Mkhize has stated that around 31,000 public and private health workers have been infected with COVID-19 to date, of which around 240 have died, according to News24.
After denouncing the widespread corruption related to the supply of protective equipment against the virus to health workers, the minister assured that the government “will continue to ensure that all of them are protected as well as possible”.