South African Minister of Health, Zwelini Mkhize, said on Saturday more than half a million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the country.
The minister announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday, bringing the tally to 503,290, along with 8,153 deaths.
South Africa is the hardest-hit country in Africa and accounts for half of all reported infections on the continent.
It also has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world after the United States, Brazil, Russia, and India, the BBC reports.
Researchers have said the true number of deaths in the country may be far higher.
South African health authorities have said the rate of infection is increasing rapidly, with cases currently concentrated around the capital, Pretoria.
More than a third of all infections have been reported in Gauteng – South Africa’s financial hub, and a province that has quickly become the epicentre of the national outbreak.
Infections are not expected to peak for another month.
South Africa imposed a strict lockdown in April and May that slowed the spread of the virus.