South Africa passes 700,000 COVID-19 cases

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JOHANNESBURG | South Africa, the African country most affected by the pandemic, passed the milestone of 700,000 cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, according to official figures.

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The country recorded 2,019 new cases on Friday, bringing the total number to 700,203, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health. The number of deaths stands at 18,370.

South Africa accounts for 43% of COVID-19 cases on the African continent, followed by Morocco which officially has some 160,000 cases.

However, the 2% increase in cases in South Africa remains lower than that of 7% across the continent in the past month, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

The peak of the pandemic in South Africa was recorded between July and August with an average of 12,000 new cases daily.

Strict containment measures and travel restrictions put in place have been relaxed, but Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health, urged South Africans to remain vigilant as there is “a risk” of “a second wave” appearing .

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