Friday, 22 May 2020 20:25

 

Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 20,125 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa.

This is an increase of 988 cases from the 19,137 cases reported yesterday.

Mkhize said that the total number of deaths has now reached 397 – an increase of 28 deaths from 369 reported.

The minister added that 543,032 tests have been conducted, with 17,599 tests in the past 24-hour cycle and the total number of recoveries to date is 10, 104.

Meanwhile on Wednesday,WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "We still have a long way to go in this pandemic," after the number of newly reported coronavirus cases worldwide hit a daily record at more than 100,000 new cases over a 24-hour span.

Almost two-thirds of the cases were reported in just four countries, according to Tedros. The majority of new confirmed cases are reported in the Americas, followed by Europe.

The WHO has been warning world leaders that there can be "no going back to business as usual"following the Covid-19 outbreak, which has upended economies and wreaked havoc on nearly every country around the globe.

More than five million people around the world are now confirmed to have the coronavirus, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University. More than 328,000 people have died globally while some 1.9 million people have recovered.