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Covid-19 cases in South Africa have surpassed the 500,000 mark, the health authorities have confirmed.

According to the data collected and compiled by the John Hopkins University, a total of 503,290 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in SA, with the virus claiming more than 8,000 lives.

South Africa is the hardest hit country in the continent and it accounts for half of the reported cases in the African continent.

The country has the fifth-highest number of virus cases in the world after the United States, Brazil, Russia and India.

Most of the reported cases are around the capital, Pretoria.

According to experts, the infections are not expected to peak for another month.

South Africa went into strict lockdown in April and May that slowed the spread of the deadly virus.

However, a gradual reopening since June has led to rise in infection.

The government has moved to reintroduce the restrictions including the ban on alcohol sales.

The schools that had reopened were closed again last week so as to contain the spread of the virus.

A total of 17, 833, 658 cases have been confirmed across the globe. 679,435 deaths are connected with the virus.

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