South Africa coronavirus cases top 500,000: government

first_img“While South Africa has the fifth highest number of total COVID-19 cases globally, we have only the 36th highest number of deaths as a proportion of the population,” said Ramaphosa. Corruption investigations South Africa’s case load has been rising rapidly in recent weeks.Health authorities have been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed on March 27, during the early stage of the pandemic.But the recovery rate has so far been a high 68 percent.South Africa has one of the best health care systems on the continent, but it has been rocked by alleged corruption in the supply of personal protective gear for health workers in public hospitals.Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman Khusela Diko last week took leave pending a probe into her husband’s alleged links to unlawful contracts for personal protective equipment.Diko and her husband have maintained their innocence, saying the contract was never finalized.The health minister for Gauteng province Bandile Masuke was sent on forced leave this week pending a probe into suspected graft in the purchase of protective equipment and other medical supplies.”It is unconscionable that there are people who may be using this health crisis to unlawfully enrich themselves,” Ramaphosa said in his statement Saturday.South Africa has embarked on an aggressive testing and tracing exercise, conducting more than three million tests since the first case of the virus was recorded there in early March.Topics : More than a third of positive cases are in Gauteng province — South Africa’s financial hub.So far the number of fatalities stands at 8,153, although local researchers have recorded a jump of nearly 60 percent in the overall number of natural deaths in recent weeks, suggesting a far higher toll of coronavirus-related fatalities than officially recorded.An analysis by the respected South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) suggested an excess of 22,000 natural mortalities between May 6 and July 21 compared to same period in 2019 and 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa said Saturday South Africa’s case fatality rate stood at 1.6 percent — “significantly lower than the global average”.center_img South Africa has now registered more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus, the health ministry announced Saturday, making it by far the hardest-hit country in Africa.The country has become the epicenter of the deadly pandemic on the continent, accounting for more than half of Africa’s diagnosed infections.”Today South Africa has exceeded the half-a-million mark with a cumulative total of 503,290 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded,” Heath Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.last_img read more

Heart O’ Texas Speedway hosts Fall Classic, Dirt Dominator

first_imgWACO, Texas – Five thousand dollars is the top IMCA Modified main event prize while $10,000 is at stake in the IMCA.TV-sponsored Dirt Dominator during the Oct. 25-27 Fall Classic at Heart O’ Texas Speedway.The Modified feature is a 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying race and pays a minimum of $300 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods both race for $1,500 to win and $125 to start.Non-qualifiers in all three divisions get $100. Entry fees are $150 for Modifieds and $60 for Stock Cars and SportMods.Sixteen Modified drivers have already qualified for the winner-take-all $10,000 Dirt Dominator, to be held during the Thursday, Oct. 25 practice night. A provisional starting spot in the main event is at stake in a second, $1,000 to win race for the 15 non-winning Dirt Dominator drivers.Friday pit passes are $30. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military. On Saturday, pit passes are $35 and spectator admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.Kids ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under get in free both nights.More information about the 21st annual Fall Classic, to be broadcast by IMCA.TV, is available by calling 254 829-2294.last_img read more