The South African Government has put a positive spin on the country having the fifth-largest number of cases worldwide.(AP: Denis Farrell)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa says he sees "promising signs" in the country's epidemic, despite surpassing 500,000 infections and accounting for half of the continent's entire reported cases.The city of Manchester in the UK has declared a major incident in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, while in Vietnam, two more people have died as infections continue to spread from an outbreak at hospital last week.This story will be updated throughout Monday.Monday's key moments:Major incident declared in British city of ManchesterDa Nang outbreak continues to spread across VietnamPhilippines to reimpose strict lockdown in capital as cases spikeYounger patients make up half of new cases in TokyoSouth Africa surpasses 500,000 cases A church caretaker in South Africa ties ribbons to a fence representing those who have died from COVID-19.(AP: Themba Hadebe)South Africa has surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, but President Cyril Ramaphosa says he sees "promising signs" that the rapid growth of cases has stabilised and that the country's strained health system is managing to cope.Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced 10,107 new cases on Saturday night, bringing the country's cumulative total to 503,290, including 8,153 deaths. South Africa has now tallied more than 50 per cent of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.With a population of about 58 million, South Africa has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world, behind the US, Brazil, Russia and India, all countries with significantly higher populations, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Experts say the true toll of the pandemic worldwide is much higher than confirmed cases, due to limited testing and other reasons.Mr Ramaphosa, in a letter to the nation, said despite the high number of confirmed cases, he had seen some positive developments."After a rapid rise in infections over the last two months, the daily increase in infections appears to be stabilising," he said.South Africa's hospitals had been stretched to the limit but in most provinces they were succeeding in providing treatment to COVID-19 patients, he said.Mr Ramaphosa said his Government was working hard with "greatest urgency" to deliver adequate supplies of personal protective equipment to areas where shortages had been reported.South Africa's case fatality rate,
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