Five gun-toting assailants attacked a vaccination team in Soshanguve, northern Tshwane, and robbed them of vaccination program gadgets, including three tablets and a smartphone belonging to the government, as well as six cellphones belonging to the team of health-care workers.
"The Gauteng Department of Health strongly condemns the attack on a Tshwane District vaccination team yesterday (Saturday) at around 9 a.m. in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria." "At gunpoint, five armed men in a white Toyota Quantum at the Wonder City taxi rank in Soshanguve robbed the vaccination team," said Gauteng health spokesperson Kwara Kekana. In a separate incident, Kekana reported that a vehicle belonging to the West Rand health district services was hijacked while transporting mobile site equipment and gazebos in Chamdor, Kagiso.
"Robbery cases have been opened at the Soshanguve and Kagiso police stations," she said.
"Fortunately, no team members were harmed in either case, and affected employees will be counseled." The "senseless acts," according to Kekana, occurred at a time when the province is ramping up the vaccination program by activating more vaccination sites across the province.
"Our health-care workers continue to be the backbone of the health system, even during the pandemic, as they continue to play a critical role in vaccination-program rollout," she said.
"We urge all members of society to cooperate with law enforcement and share any information they may have on the two incidents."
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa recorded 16 366 new Covid-19 cases and 21 Covid-19-related deaths on Saturday (NICD).
"Today, the institute reports 16 366 new Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 020 569," says the institute.
According to the institute, this increase represents a 23.8 percent increase in positivity.
According to the National Department of Health, 21 more Covid-19-related deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 89 965."
According to the institute, 19 715 126 tests have been performed in both the public and private sectors.
Gauteng remains the epicenter of Covid-19 cases, accounting for 71% of all cases.
To avoid such incidents there should be security or police personnel accompanying the team to and from the vaccination site because these vaccinations are soo expensive and we cant afford losing them
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