S.Africa Reports Over 10,000 New Infections In a Day

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South Africa on late Saturday reported 10,853 new cases of coronavirus infections. This is a record single-day surge in the country.

 

This was confirmed by Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize in a statement that the overall count of confirmed cases climbed to 187,977. The death toll in the county has reached 3,026 after 74 new fatalities were recorded, and the total number of recoveries is 91,227, marking a 48.5% recovery rate.

 

Health authorities have been expecting an increase in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed on March 27, coupled with the fact that South Africa is currently in its winter season. However, they have set up several field hospitals and isolation centers to deal with the anticipated surge.

 

With the nation’s economy projected to shrink more than seven percent in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the government is battling to strike a balance between saving lives and saving the economy.

 

On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said;

“What we have been seeking to do is to balance… saving lives of our people and also preserving liveloods, and it’s a delicate balance.”

 

Currently, South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus cases on the continent.

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