South Africa has become a COVID-19 model for the continent in many ways since it confirmed its index case on 5th March, 2020. From the area of testing through to record number of recoveries, South Africa has been praised for pro-activeness in combating the virus.
The economic intervention measures rolled out by President Cyril Ramaphosa has also been classed as one of the most comprehensive across the continent. South Africa was one of the earliest to roll out such measures.
That President Ramaphosa is also the current Chairperson of the African Union, AU; means he has the delicate task of juggling national tasks withe the continental as Africa seeks global support to combat the pandemic.
Key statistics as at July 7
The total number of confirmed cases = 205,721
The total number of tests so far = 1,864,111
Total death toll = 3,310
Total recoveries = 97,848
Most impacted provinces = Guateng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwa Zulu-Natal