Fact Check: No, SA's Covid-19 infection rate not 5th highest globally

Fact Check: No, SA's Covid-19 infection rate not 5th highest globally

- A report claimed that South Africa ranked fifth globally when it came to Covid-19 infection rates

- The report had been detailing alleged corruption during the lockdown in response to the virus

- Briefly.co.za explores the fact of the matter to determine whether or not this claim is true

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The spotlight has been on the South African government after numerous allegation of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic surfaced.

A recent article, published by the New York Times, made the following claim on the situation in the country:

“Despite its moves to control the pandemic, South Africa is now overwhelmed by more than 592,144 coronavirus cases, the fifth-highest infection rate in the world and the highest official caseload on the African continent,” the paper claimed on 19 August 2020.
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The publication had claimed SA ranked 5th globally when it came to it's Covid-19 infection rate. Image: GCIS/ Flickr
Source: UGC

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However, Africa Check reports that the international publication was wrong when it claimed that SA had the 'fifth-highest infection rate in the world'.

On the day the article was published South Africa's infection rate ranked 17th on a global scale with Panama actually taking 5th place.

An expert who commented on the mistake, which has since been corrected, noted that the rate was probably higher because only confirmed cases are recorded.

The most recent statistics on the virus, published by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, noted that SA's current infections stand at 620 132.

In addition to announcing the increase in cases the minister also reported that more fatalities had been recorded:

"Regrettably, we report 115 more Covid-19 related deaths: 14 from KwaZulu-Natal, 47 from Gauteng, 10 from Eastern Cape, 10 from Western Cape, 16 from North West, 18 from Mpumalanga. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 13 743."

As for corruption in relation to the pandemic, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa was facing increasing pressure to resign.

Ramaphosa's letter confronting the ANC on allegations of graft was not well-received with ex-president Jacob Zuma claiming the intention had been to destroy the party.

During a meeting of the ANC National Executive Committee, numerous high ranking party members voiced their support for Ramaphosa's removal as their leader.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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