South Africa was the first country on the continent to overcome the barrier of 100,000 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, just a day after Africa exceeded 300,000 pandemic-related cases.
According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health, there were 101,590 cases and 1,991 deaths in the country on Monday, while 53,130 people have recovered from the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Despite Cyril Ramaphosa’s government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus, infections have accelerated in recent weeks. According to local media, cases have doubled from 50,000 to 100,000 in the past two weeks.
South Africa took 95 days from March 5 to June 8 to reach 50,000 cases, but it only took another 14 days to break the 100,000 cases barrier.