South Africa's Covid Cases Top 1.5 Million as it Battles The New Variant

Published February 1st, 2021 - 07:35 GMT
A health worker collects a swab sample from a man to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus at the KC General Hospital in Bangalore on February 1, 2021. Manjunath KIRAN / AFP
A health worker collects a swab sample from a man to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus at the KC General Hospital in Bangalore on February 1, 2021. Manjunath KIRAN / AFP
Highlights
Nation has highest number of infections, deaths on continent.

South Africa registered 318 new deaths from the coronavirus, taking its death toll to 43,951, health officials said Saturday.

The country has conducted more than 8.2 million tests for the virus with infections nearing 1.5 million. Nearly 1.3 million patients have recovered.

South Africa is currently battling a second wave of the pandemic. It has the highest number of infections and deaths on the continent and is the fifteenth most-affected country globally.


It reported that a COVID-19 variant was spreading faster than before and several countries, including Turkey, have stopped flights to South Africa.

Africa’s most developed economy is currently battling a new variant which is said to be 50% more infectious and has been detected in at least 20 countries.

Since it emerged in December 2019, the pandemic has claimed more than 2 million lives in 192 countries and regions, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.

More than 99 million cases and an excess of 55 million recoveries have been reported worldwide.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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