The battle against Covid-19 in South Africa is clearing just beginning as more deaths has brought badnews to South Africans this morning. Despite all efforts to control the spread of the virus, it seems like citizens are tired and give little or no concern in relating to prevention and vaccination.
Meanwhile, the South African National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has reported a shocking 7,238 new cases of Covid-19 identified in the past 24 hours alone. This report leads to a total of 3,915,258 laboratory-confirmed cases, which corresponds to a positive percentage of 24.8%.
The majority of new cases today came from Gauteng (34%), followed by the Western Cape (23%). KwaZulu-Natal contributed 15%; The Eastern Cape accounts for 10% and the Free State at 6%. North Cape contributed 5%; Northwest represents 4%; Mpumalanga accounts for 3% and Limpopo for 1% of today's cases.
Sadly, 31 new deaths were registered across South Africa, 12 of them in the last 24 to 48 hours. This has resulted in a total of 100,898 deaths in South Africaso far. But due to an ongoing review by the South African Department of National Health (NDoH), there may be a backlog in reported Covid-19 related deaths from Covid-19, which may lead to an under of the actual figures.
A total of 24,992,827 tests has been conducted in both the public and private sectors of the country. There was an increase of 136 hospitalizations in the last 24 hours alone.
As it stands, this unprecedented increase in positive cases might force President Cyril Ramaphosa to impose a compulsory lockdown and even mandate vaccination in South Africa. According to WHO, Convidecia vaccine was found to be 64 percent effective against symptomatic disease and 92 percent effective against severe COVID-19 and South Africa might have buy some in order to increase the percentage recovery.
China, the world's last major economy to have a strict zero-Covid-19 policy, is struggling with an economic downturn due to the ongoing virus lockdown that has tightened supply chains, reduced demand and halted production. If the spread of the virus increases any further in South Africa, I fear the worst is yet to come.
Source: The Citizen TV
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