May 21, 2020 19:41 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 21, 2020 20:13 Asia/Tehran]
  • South Africa say up to 50,000 deaths possible in Coronavirus outbreak
    South Africa say up to 50,000 deaths possible in Coronavirus outbreak

South Africa could see up to 50,000 coronavirus deaths and as many as three million infections by the end of the year, scientists say.

Iran PressAfrica: South Africa could see up to 50,000 coronavirus deaths and as many as three million infections by the end of the year as the southern hemisphere winter leads to a higher rate of infection, scientific models have shown.

South Africa recorded 18,000 coronavirus cases, the highest number in the continent. The country already has the highest number of infections and deaths on the continent, with more than 18,000 identified cases and 339 deaths, but a national lockdown entering its sixth week had slowed infections.

However, scientists and statisticians hired by the health ministry to model the spread of the disease said the country could see between 35,000 and 50,000 coronavirus deaths by November.

The number of those infected with coronavirus in Africa has reached 95,201, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.

According to the latest data, the death toll in the continent tallied at 2,997 while 38,075 people have recovered.

More than five million people around the world have now been confirmed to have the coronavirus, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

More than 328,000 people have died globally while some 1.9 million people have recovered.

The United States has recorded the most deaths at 93,439. It is followed by the United Kingdom with 35,786, Italy with 32,330, France with 28,135 and Spain with 27,888.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 106,000 cases globally, the highest in a single day yet, raising concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in poor nations.

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