South Africa has passed the 100,000 mark for coronavirus cases, with the number of deaths now approaching 2,000, the authorities announced Monday.
The country accounts for more than half of all coronavirus infections in sub-Saharan Africa. The South African Department of Health announced in a statement on Monday June 23 that the country now has more than 100,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
“To date, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has passed the 100,000 mark and now stands at 101,590,” the Department of Health announced in a statement. With 61 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of deaths related to the new coronavirus is 1,991.
Despite this severe toll, the mortality rate due to the virus in South Africa is 2%, while 52.6% of those infected have recovered from Covid-19.
The region of the country most affected by the pandemic is the western province of Cape Town, which recorded 1,458 of the estimated 2,000 deaths in the country and more than half of confirmed cases.
According to WHO statistics, South Africa accounts for more than half of the coronavirus infections in sub-Saharan Africa, closely followed by Nigeria and Ghana, with 20,000 and 14,000 cases of infection respectively.