According to the latest data from the National Health Ministry, South Africa has already passed the infection limit of 640,000 after another 1,000 cases were registered on Tuesday.
In total, the hardest hit country in Africa has counted 640,441 cases so far, 1,079 on the last day. Guateng, the region in which Pretoria and Johannesburg are located, continues to be hardest hit with 33.3 percent of infections.
On the other hand, the 82 deaths recorded on the last day bring the death toll to 15,086, while there are already 567,729 patients who have overcome COVID-19, a recovery rate of 88.6 percent.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Tourism Business Council (TBCSA) has asked the government to reopen the country’s borders as soon as possible to help the sector recover. The impact of the pandemic on tourism resulted in an annual GDP decline of 51 percent in the second quarter of 2020.