South Africa’s COVID-19 caseload tops one million mark

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FILE PHOTO: Locals line up to get tested for Coronavirus in Pretoria, South Africa, 11 June, 2020. /VCG

South Africa’s COVID-19 caseload surpassed the one million mark on Sunday as the county continues to see a steady surge in in virus numbers.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize reported 9,502 new infections from tests conducted over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total number of cases 1,004,413.

South Africa is Africa’s hardest hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic, having also reported 26,735 deaths.

The country’s virus load is more than twice the number of infections reported by Morocco, whose 432,079 cases are the second-highest in Africa.

South Africa’s COVID-19 related death toll is more than three times the number registered by Egypt, whose 7,352 fatalities are the second-highest on the continent.

Mkhize urged South Africans to “adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent the further spread of the virus.”

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