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South Africa sees dip in new virus cases but warns of return

Added 08-05-20 05:03:02am EST - “South Africa's health minister on Wednesday reported decreasing rates of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but warned that vigilance must continue "to prevent a renewed surge."” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “South Africa sees dip in new virus cases but warns of return”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa’s health minister on Wednesday reported decreasing rates of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but warned that vigilance must continue “to prevent a renewed surge.”

South Africa has 521,318 confirmed coronavirus cases, the fifth highest in the world and more than half of all reported cases in Africa, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far South Africa has recorded 8,884 COVID-19 deaths, although studies of excess mortality rates indicate the actual toll could be higher.

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The rapid spread of infections in poor, overcrowded urban centers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and other cities threatened to overwhelm public hospitals, but Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize told reporters that so far the health system has been able to cope.

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