South Africa reports 24-hour record of 1,160 new coronavirus cases

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) nurse performs a swab test on a health worker at a clinic in Lenasia, Johannesburg, on May 13, 2020. (AFP)

South Africa on Sunday reported 1,160 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily number since the first case was recorded in March, data released by the health ministry showed.

“As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 15,515 with 1,160 new cases identified in the last 24 hour cycle of testing,” said the ministry statement.

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The Western Cape province, popular with tourists, accounted for nearly 60 percent of the national numbers.

The numbers of deaths rose by three to 263 from Saturday.

Africa’s most industrialized economy has the highest numbers of infections in Africa, followed by Egypt which has so far recorded 11,719 COVID-19 cases, including 612 deaths.

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A health worker disinfects her hands as she readies herself for the next patient to be tested at a temporary coronavirus testing station in Diepsloot, Johannesburg on May 8, 2020. (AFP)

A health worker disinfects her hands as she readies herself for the next patient to be tested at a temporary coronavirus testing station in Diepsloot, Johannesburg on May 8, 2020. (AFP)

The country has been under a lockdown since March 27 and has embarked on an aggressive mass-testing strategy with 460,873 tested so far.

But some health experts are beginning to see the limits of the country’s lauded mass screening strategy, with results taking up to two weeks to come through.

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