For the first time, Gauteng province - home to Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria - has the country's most cases with more than 75,000, or 33%.
Heated tents have been set up in parking tons exterior hospitals to tackle the overflow of individuals.
"The sufferers are scared, incredibly, extremely anxious", Lynne Wilkinson, a public well being specialist said Friday.
More than 11,900 people on the continent have died of COVID-19 and over 520,000 COVID-19 cases recorded.
Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71 per cent of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.
South Africa reported 13,674 new confirmed cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 238,339.
Experts have warned that even if badly needed supplies such as ventilators are provided to African nations, another challenge is having enough trained workers to operate them.
Chris Hani Baragwanath Healthcare facility, the 3rd biggest healthcare facility in the earth, housing much more than 3,000 beds, has been inundated with COVID-19 sufferers who are now currently being placed in non-designated coronavirus wards, as they are at capability, in accordance to The Associated Press.
"Our hospital is overloaded now".
New coronavirus cases are up by 24% in Africa.
But on June 1st, eager to reopen the battling financial state, authorities permitted desk support at eating places and religious services.
The minister urged South Africans to continue wearing masks and washing their hands.
It would be a huge accomplishment if, over the next 12 to 18 months, we are successful in showing that even one out of every 20 of the vaccines that go into human studies are safe and provide some protection against COVID-19, he said.
Johannesburg area medical center will acquire 800 additional beds to assist in the crisis, together with 1,000 "oxygen points", Wilkinson, the general public overall health specialist, mentioned ahead of introducing it could choose weeks for it all to arrive.