South Africa has eased its lockdown restrictions and reopened schools despite coronavirus death toll passing 1,000 on Monday and new infections spiking over 50,000.
According to official statistics, the number of detected infections was 50,879 — the worst in Africa. However, South Africa ranks second in terms of deaths at 1,080 after Egypt.
The continent’s most advanced economy has since May been gradually easing tight restrictions imposed in March. It is now allowing some school children to return to classes and the majority of businesses to operate.
More than a half of all cases have been recorded in the last two weeks, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
“As we watch the number of infections rise further -– probably far faster than most of us imagined –- we should be concerned, but not alarmed,” he said.
The president added, “That is because we have the ability… to limit the impact of the disease on our people.”
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