All the total confirmed cases in South African have surpassed 600,000, the health minister said, though the number of new cases infection has been declining since a peak in July.
The country now has 603,338 confirmed cases of the virus and 12,843 people have died, the ministry said in a statement shortly after the figures were first posted by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases on Twitter.
WHO chief: ‘Hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years’
The WHO said it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years – faster than it took for the Spanish flu.
“We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.
US CDC reports 173,490 deaths from coronavirus
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the number of deaths due to the new coronavirus had risen by 1,074 to 173,490 and reported 5,551,793 cases, an increase of 44,864 cases from its previous count.