- South Africa has reached a major Covid-19 milestone as cases climb to 50 879
- Ramaphosa tells the nation he is worried about the spike in numbers
- Joburg and Cape Town's hotspots have also shown increasing numbers
On Monday, 8 June, South Africa's Covid-19 cases surpassed the 50 000 mark with over 1 000 reported fatalities.
On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was worried about the steep rise in the Covid-19 cases. Ramaphosa said Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been on a steep rise, with more than half of all cases since the start of the outbreak recorded over the last two weeks.
South Africa currently has 50 879 confirmed cases with 1 080 deaths. On 31 May, the country had 32 683 confirmed cases and 683 deaths. This is an increase of 18 196 deaths in just nine days.
In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa said:
"Like many South Africans, I, too, have been worried as I watch these figures keep rising. While these numbers are broadly in line with what the various models had projected, there is a big difference between looking at a graph on a piece of paper and seeing real people becoming infected, some getting ill and some dying."
Ramaphosa added that the nationwide lockdown had achieved its goal of delaying the spread of the virus and giving the government time to prepare their healthcare facilities.
To date, South Africa has conducted nearly one million Covid-19 tests and yet despite this, experts have warned that South Africa's testing plans are failing due to a global shortage of tests and lack of capacity to process those that have been administered.
Experts have warned that Covid-19 cases will spike in South Africa's most populous provinces in the next coming weeks.
The Western Cape remains the epicentre of the virus, with 66% of all the country's cases. The province also has 829 deaths, accounting for more than 76% of the country’s total deaths.
Hotspots in the Western Cape are the City of Cape Town, West Coast, Cape Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route and Central Karoo.
While Gauteng has the third highest number of cases in the country with 6 258 cases and 47 deaths, the province is an economic hub and there are fear that a district based lockdown would be damaging.
Hotspots in the province include Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Sedibeng and the West Rand.
Hot spots in the Eastern Cape include the Nelson Mandela Bay area, Chris Hani and Buffalo City Metropolitan.
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