South Africa tops 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, more than 50 percent of all cases in Africa

South Africa surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases on Saturday, more than half of all the cases in Africa.

According to the Africa Center for Disease Control, Africa had 929,332 reported cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday evening. At least 19,679 people had died and 581,255 had recovered, the data show. These numbers were changing rapidly.

South Africa is fifth in the world in number of reported cases, coming behind the United States with a confirmed 4.6 million cases, Brazil with 2.6 million cases, India with nearly 1.7 million cases and Russia with over 800,000 confirmed cases.

On Saturday, the South African Minister of Health Zwelini Mkhize announced more than 10,000 new cases, bringing the total to 503,290 confirmed cases. At least 8,005 people have died from COVID-19 in South Africa, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

South Africa also ranks 17th in the death rate in the world, according to JHU data.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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