CAPE TOWN – South Africa has now moved out of the top ten countries affected the most by the Coronavirus globally.
According to the department, as of Wednesday, the country had recorded 685 155 positive cases and 17 248 deaths. On the recovery front, 618, 127 people had so far recuperated with the recovery rate holding steady at 90 percent.
The U.S. remains number one in the world and is reporting an increase of nearly 4,000 new Covid-19 deaths. Brazil remains number two in the world and is reporting more than 3,700 new deaths. Globally the recovery rate is almost 70 percent and more than 36 million people worldwide contracted the virus.
Globally the countries with the highest positive Covid-19 cases are; United States, India, Brazil, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and France which reported nearly 19,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, a new all-time high in the number of single-day infections since the pandemic hit the country earlier this year, according to health authorities.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the country has done extremely well to fight against the Covid-19 surge and if South Africans continue to stay vigilant and adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions, the country can mitigate a potentially devastating second wave.
“We dealt with this issue truly as a South African health system. It now only remains for us to learn from this critical lesson- that it is only by pooling resources and through multi-sectoral collaboration that we can combat any attack on our national state of health,” said Mkhize.
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