August 1, 2020 / 8:27 PM / 3 days ago

South Africa COVID-19 cases surpass half a million, says health ministry

A member of medical staff swabs the mouth of a resident as she is testing him for coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Alexandra, South Africa, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have crossed half a million, the health ministry said on Saturday, while cases in Africa as a whole approached a million.

Africa’s most industrialised nation recorded 10,107 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, pushing the total to 503,290, the health ministry said, four months since the first case was confirmed in the country.

Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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