Johannesburg: According to official data released on Sunday by the worst-hit countries on the African continent, the number of deaths from coronavirus in South Africa has exceeded 5,000.
South Africa has recorded 85 new virus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 5,033.
According to figures released by the Ministry of Health, a total of 13,449 new infections have also been officially diagnosed, with a total of 364,328 cases.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhiz urged citizens to respect the recommended hygiene measures.
“As government, we have mobilised every resource…. But government cannot manage this unilaterally,” he said in a statement.
“We are extremely concerned that fatigue seems to have set in and South Africans are letting down their guard at a time when the spread of infection is surging.
“We see poor or no social distancing in communities. Masks are abandoned or not worn properly,” he said.
“This will directly influence the rise in numbers in the next two weeks. Our ability to break the cycle of infections depends on our willingness to remain focused and disciplined and take non pharmaceutical interventions seriously,” the minister said.
The peak of the South African pandemic is expected in the next few weeks.
The authorities imposed a strict blockade in late March, but to avoid economic collapse, the measure has been gradually relaxed.