South Africa, with a population of about 58 million, 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.
Poorly resourced hospitals across Africa, which is nearing a million cases of COVID-19 - more than half of them in South Africa - have struggled to cope with a burgeoning case load amid a global scramble favouring richer nations in procuring ventilators and protective gear.
Each CPAP device consists of some 30 separately manufactured components, he said, adding that final assembly now takes place at the Cape Town factory of medical supplies firm Akacia Medical ahead of distribution to hospitals across the country.
South Africa's Gauteng province - which includes Johannesburg, the country's largest city and Pretoria, the capital - is the country's epicentre with more than 35 per cent of its confirmed cases.
So far, the number of fatalities stands at 8,153, although local researchers have recorded a jump of almost 60 percent in the overall number of natural deaths in recent weeks, suggesting a far higher toll of coronavirus-related fatalities than officially recorded.
Corruption in the country's pandemic response is a growing problem.
During August, the National Ventilator Project will deliver 20,000 locally produced, non-invasive ventilators to where they are most needed, Ramaphosa said, as the government continues to mobilise additional facilities, equipment and personnel in provinces still experiencing an increase in infections.
Health authorities have been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed on March 27, during the early stage of the pandemic.
Over 300,000 people have recovered, bringing SA's recovery rate to 64%. "Other provinces, like the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, do not have reputations for well-organised health care systems".
Diko and her husband have maintained their innocence, saying the contract was never finalized.
"It is unconscionable that there are people who may be using this health crisis to unlawfully enrich themselves", Ramaphosa said in his statement Saturday.
Even with South Africa's caseload ranked among the top five for confirmed cases globally, it is ranked 17th in the death rate, according to JHU data.