WHO commends SA on COVID-19 response as death toll rises to 65

Despite the national lockdown, COVID-19 infections are still increasing drastically. At the moment public screenings and visits to private medical facilities by people showing symptoms can't be linked and tallied. Mia Malan from the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism speaks to eNCA #DStv403

GENEVE - The World Health Organization has commended South Africa on its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Executive director Dr Michael Ryan says the country has done an impressive job in bringing the spread of the virus under control.

The World Health Organization has commended South Africa on its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Executive director Michael Ryan says the country has done an impressive job in bringing the spread of the virus under control. Courtesy #DStv403

Seven more people have died of COVID-19 in South Africa. That brings the total death toll to 65.

READ: COVID-19 related death toll in SA rises to 65

Five of the patients died in the Western Cape and two in KwaZulu-Natal.

The number of infections has also increased by 170.

The latest number of people who've recovered is 1,005.

READ: COVID-19: Virus will be with us for a long time: WHO

Since lockdown started on 27 March, the number of cases increased from 1,170 to 3,635.

These numbers will play a role when President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on Thursday on the next phase of lockdown.

The WHO warned that the coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon as the global death toll surpassed 180,000.

WATCH: 'Lockdown should not be extended but not withdrawn'

The pandemic has sparked not only a health emergency, but a global economic rout, with businesses struggling to survive, millions left jobless, and millions more facing starvation.

With businesses shuttered and millions of jobs lost, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said the virus crisis would hit the least privileged the hardest.

It said the number of people suffering from acute hunger was projected to nearly double to 265 million this year.

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- Additional reporting AFP

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