South Africa has confirmed more than 500,000 coronavirus cases, as the number of infections in the African continent climbs towards one million.
The country reported a daily rise of 10,107 new COVID-19 infections.
This brings the total to 503,290 – the fifth-highest worldwide, behind the US, Brazil, India and Russia, according to Johns Hopkins University in the US.
Denis Chopera, a virologist based in Durban, said: “Half a million is a significant milestone, because it shows we’ve entered a stage of rapid increases. We may reach one million cases very quickly.”
Many experts think South Africa could reach the peak in cases in late August or early September.
Mr Chopera added: “What we know for sure is that the figures are an underestimate and that this virus will be with us for a long time to come.”
Just over three million of South Africa’s 58 million people have been tested since the country’s first case was confirmed five months ago