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Ramaphosa to address nation, SA now has the 10th highest number of Covid-19 cases


The number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumps to 12.75 million worldwide

President Cyril Ramaphosa. File picture

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on Sunday night, the Presidency confirmed on Sunday morning.

However, no time for the address had been confirmed at the time of writing.

This comes as the number of positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa continues to spike, with the Department of Health announcing on Saturday night that the country now has 264 184 confirmed cases. This is an increase of 13 500 new cases on the previous day’s figures. 

The death toll rose by 111 to 3 971 in total.

More than 12.75 million people around the world have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 563 869​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. 

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

South Africa now ranks 10th in the world in terms of Covid-19 infections, while the United States, Brazil and India make up the top three.

India, with a population of 1.3 billion, now has about 12 percent of the world’s Covid-19 caseload – and this is expected to rise.

The following table lists the top 10 countries by the number of reported cases.

Graphic by Reuters, based on statements from health ministries and government officials.