The pandemic crossed a new threshold in Africa on Friday, the 1,000 mark was exceeded with 1,025 deaths recorded this Saturday, April 18, 2020, while the number of people with coronavirus is 20,270 out of 4,700 patients cured in 52 countries affected out of 54.
Africa, however, remains with Oceania one of the continents least affected by the pandemic, which has killed at least 150,147 people worldwide.
Gauteng became the first province in South Africa to have more than 1,000 cases of Covid-19, as the national total climbed to 2,783 by Friday evening.
In a statement, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize also confirmed that there were two new confirmed deaths from the respiratory illness, taking the total to 50.
The new total of confirmed cases is a jump of 178 from Thursday’s total of 2,605 — which was in itself a jump of 99 from Wednesday.
To date, 100,827 tests have been done, 5,767 more tests than announced the day before.
“Today we regrettably report two new Covid-19 related deaths. Both deceased are from the Western Cape,” said Mkhize in a statement.
The World Health Organization has noted a 51% increase in cases in Africa and a 60% jump in deaths. However, the WHO chief has warned that because of a shortage of testing “it’s likely the real numbers are higher than reported.”
The provinces with the most cases were Gauteng with 1,018, the Western Cape with 717 and KwaZulu-Natal with 591. The Eastern Cape has 246 confirmed cases, the Free State 100, Limpopo 26, North West 24, Mpumalanga 23, and the Northern Cape 16.
Twenty-two cases have not yet been allocated.
In terms of deaths, KZN still has the most, with 20, followed by the Western Cape with 15, Gauteng with 6, the Eastern Cape and Free State with four each, and Limpopo with just a single case.
The Africa CDC has said more than 1 million test kits will be rolled out starting next week.