Dr Zweli Mkhize, South Africa’s health minister has announced that there are now 20,125 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa.
This is an increase of 988 cases from the 19,137 cases reported on Thursday when the country recorded 1,134 new infections, whilst the highest daily total of 1,160 new infections was recorded on Sunday.
Dr Mkhize said on Friday (22 May), that the total number of deaths has now reached 397 – an increase of 28 deaths from 369 reported before.
The minister said that 543,032 tests have been conducted, with 17,599 tests in the past 24-hour cycle.
Globally, coronavirus cases topped 5.2 million globally on Friday, while deaths have exceeded 335,000, with nearly 2.1 million recoveries.
The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc have begun recruiting more than 10,000 subjects for advanced human studies of one of the world’s fastest-moving experimental Covid-19 vaccines,” Bloomberg reported.
A smaller part of the trial will expand the age range of testing to children from 5 to 12 years old and adults 56 and older, according to a statement. The other, larger stage will test the vaccine’s effectiveness in volunteers 18 and older.
AstraZeneca received a boost in its efforts to get the immunization tested and ready for use when the US pledged as much as $1.2 billion toward development on Thursday.