According to figures gathered by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the global number of confirmed Covid-19 fatalities stands at 500,108.
However, the total number of infections stands at 10,063,319 cases.
The minister of health in South Africa has noted that the current Covid-19 surge is expected to increase in the coming weeks and press the country’s hospitals to the limit.
Out of the 138,000 infected individuals in South Africa, more than 4,300 people have been hospitalized, health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said in a statement.
“We are seeing a rapid rise in the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases indicating that as we had expected, we are approaching a surge during the month of July and August,” Mkhize stated.
The cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban will see the biggest increases. It is anticipated that while the province will, unfortunately, witness an increase in their numbers, areas, where there is a high economic activity, will also experience high rise of infections.