The resurgence of COVID-19 in South Africa marks a record number of new daily cases, centered in Johannesburg and driven by the delta variant, health officials said Sunday.
More than 26,000 new cases were recorded on Saturday, up from 24,000 the day before, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, surpassing the highest number of new cases in previous waves and rapidly bringing capacity to many hospitals. More than 13,800 patients with COVID-19 are currently in South African hospitals, where some facilities cancel elective surgeries to release beds and health workers.
The official death toll in South Africa has exceeded 63,000, although statistics on the death toll suggest that the actual death toll in the country may be in excess of 170,000.
South Africa’s 2 million cases account for more than 30% of the cases reported by 54 African countries, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Cyril Ramaphosa last week stepped up restrictions on trying to reduce the spread of the virus, including prolonging a night curfew, banning the sale of alcohol, closing many schools and stopping travel. in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province that includes Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria. Gauteng accounts for more than 60% of new cases and officials fear other provinces and cities will occur soon.
After a slow start, South Africa’s eagerness to vaccinate is picking up pace, but it is still far behind developed countries. Meet up, more than 3.3 million of South Africa’s 60 million people have received at least one injection of the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The inoculation campaign began with health workers, over 60s and teachers. On Monday police can get punched and soon 50 or older as well.
On Saturday, the nation’s health product regulatory authority authorized the vaccine manufactured by the Chinese Sinovac, provided that it presents the final results of ongoing clinical trials.
Neighboring countries in southern Africa, including Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, are also struggling to cope with rising infections.
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