Coronavirus: South Africa virus cases pass half million mark

Sun Online Desk

2nd August, 2020 09:22:44 printer

Coronavirus: South Africa virus cases pass half million mark


More than half million coronavirus have been confirmed in South Africa, according to the country's health minister.


Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths.


South Africa is the hardest-hit country on the continent and accounts for half of all reported infections in Africa.


It also has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world after the US, Brazil, Russia and India, BBC reported.


Researchers have said the true number of deaths in the country may be far higher.


In other developments:


-Russian health authorities are preparing to start a mass vaccination campaign against coronavirus in October

-A jobless benefit paid tens of millions of unemployed Americans expired after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a deal

-Thousands of people in Berlin took part in protests against Germany's coronavirus restrictions

-Pubs or "other activities" in England may need to close to allow schools to reopen next month