South African authorities reported 6,275 more positive results from the new coronavirus pandemic in one day, bringing the provisional balance of infected people in the country to 579,140, the fifth with the highest number of cases worldwide, only behind from the United States, the United States, Brazil, India and Russia.
The South African Ministry of Health has so far recorded 11,556 deaths from COVID-19, 286 more than in the previous record. The Gauteng region, which is where Johannesburg and Pretoria are located, has concentrated 72 of these additional deaths, according to local media.
Gauteng is also the province with the highest accumulated infections since the pandemic began (197,531), but the Western Cape, with its capital in Cape Town, tops the list of deaths with a total of 3,534.
The African Union’s Center for Disease Prevention (CDC) has confirmed nearly 1.1 million cases across the continent, half of which correspond to South Africa. In Africa around 812,000 people have overcome the disease and more than 25,000 have died.