The owner of South Africa's largest health-insurance administrator, Discovery says the country could record an additional 92, 500 Covid-19 deaths by the end of the year if the nation's vaccine program fails. In the absence of an effective roll-out of inoculations and restrictions to stop super-spreader events during the Easter holidays in April, 92 500 people could die until December. Chief Executive Officer Adrian Gore said in an online presentation on Thursday.
If the effect of super-spreader events is contained by significant in the vaccine program, that numbers should decrease. Gore said the vaccination program has to be successful and has to be moved as fast as a rocket. The government began administering coronavirus vaccines on 17 February, dispensing Johnson & Johnson shots to health workers and top politicians.
The process of vaccinating two-thirds of the of the population of 60 million in order to achieve herd immunity may take 12 to 18 months. The biggest challenge will be ensuring that high-risk groups are vaccinated by mid-winter. According to Gore that would be a big victory . His company, Discovery has set aside R3.4 billion in preparations for the future Covid-19 claims and insurance policy lapses in South Africa and the United Kingdom last year.
While South Africa's second wave of Covid-19 infections in December and January hitting Discovery harder than the first wave. The company is expecting earnings to increase by at least 20% for year ending in June , compared to the previous period. Gore revealed this information on Thursday when his company released it's financial performance for the first half of the year.
This warning is something that should be heard and be adhered to by all people who lives in South Africa because so many times warnings like this one were issued but no one who dared to listen to them. People they usually went on with their lives, some organizing events which becomes super-spreaders. This time the government should be vigilant in monitoring such events especially during Easter holidays.
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