Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent's 1.3 billion people. While experts say infection tolls in richer nations can be significant undercounts, large numbers of undetected cases are a greater danger for Africa, with many of the world's weakest health systems. The World Health Organization calls the milestone a "pivotal point" for Africa as infections in several countries are surging.
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South Africa's diamond industry, famed for sales the world over and supplying gems for the British crown jewels, is looking closer to home to revive its fortunes following the coronavirus slump. Global economic weakness has exaggerated that and Anglo American's De Beers unit last week reported a plunge in earnings. Customers used their weeks at home for online consulations and were lining up for their purchases when stores reopened in June, the company's founder Kealeboga Pule said.
South Africa's health minister on Wednesday reported decreasing rates of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but warned that vigilance must continue "to prevent a renewed surge." The rapid spread of infections in poor, overcrowded urban centers in Cape Town, Johannesburg and other cities threatened to overwhelm public hospitals, but Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize told reporters that so far the health system has been able to cope.