JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has recorded its highest daily death toll from the coronavirus: 111.
More than 2,100 people have died in the country that makes up nearly one-third of the virus cases across Africa with more than 106,000.
South Africa on Wednesday will begin vaccinating people in the first vaccine trial for COVID-19 on the continent, while the World Health Organization chief joins the African Centers for Disease Control for a conference to discuss the race for a vaccine.
Africa now has nearly 325,000 virus cases as countries loosen restrictions under economic pressure from citizens who say they have to feed their families.
Shortages of testing materials and medical supplies remain a problem as Africa could become the world’s next hot spot.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:
— Fauci: Next few weeks critical to tamping down virus spikes
— Baseball’s back: MLB sets 60-game sked, opens July 23 or 24
— Brazil tests COVID-19 shot, without deal to use it if it works
— The governor of Germany’s most populous state has announced weeklong lockdown measures in a region that has seen a large increase in COVID-19 cases linked to a slaughterhouse.
— The United Nations chief is criticizing the total lack of international coordination in tackling the pandemic. And Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that the go-it-alone policy of many countries will not defeat the coronavirus.
— British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people in England will be able to go to the pub, visit a movie theater, get a haircut or attend a religious service starting July 4.
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