As South Africa lifts lockdown, the country has reported 1,716 new COVID-19 cases.
In the latest update, the Health Ministry in South Africa said that the new cases came from 23,242 tests that the country has done.
32,683 cases confirmed
The new figures took the number of COVID infections in South Africa to 32,683 cases, the highest tally in Africa.
South Africa has also conducted the highest number of tests in Africa. The number of screens they have done now standing at 725,125.
Western Cape continues to be the worst-hit of all regions in South Africa. The Province has 65% of South Africa’s total caseload. That is 21,382 confirmed cases.
On the other end, Norther Cape is the least hit region, having 69 total confirmed cases, which translates to about 0.2% of the caseload.
Recoveries more than half
However, South Africa has seen a steady rise in its recovery rate, with the number of recoveries now standing at 16,809. This figure translates to 51.4% of the cases, higher than the continent average.
Once more, Western Cape leads, with 11,099 recoveries.
Unfortunately, the number of deaths in South Africa also rose as 40 more people died from the disease, raising the deaths to 683.
Western Cape bears the load of the deaths too, with 503 people dying in the Province. Mpumalanga, though, now remains the only Province not to record a single death from the virus.
EFF Party opposed reopening
The South African government has lifted the lockdown in the country. The government also announced that schools would reopen on June 8th.
However, the EFF Party (Economic Freedom Fighters) is against this move. The opposition party, headed by Julius Malema, terms the move to reopen schools as ‘homicidal’.
They called on all parents to reject the reopening and not have their children used as guinea pigs in the matter.
The government has today backed down on reopening schools.
The COVID-19 situation in Africa is now just beginning to become more concerning as the cases rise above 140,000.