SA Surpasses One Million Covid-19 Infections

On Sunday, South Africa exceeded one million COVID-19 cases, with 1 004 413 cumulative cases reported by Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize. 

 

South Africa reached 900 000 COVID-19 cases in two weeks since 800 000 cumulative cases was reported early in December. 

As of Sunday 27 December 2020, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 is now at 1 004 413 an increase of 9502 cases since the last report.

214 more South Africans have died from Covid-19, which brings the death toll to 26 735. 

A cumulative 6 445 318 tests have been conducted with 29 494 tests completed since the last report, Mkhize said.

South Africa has 844 874 total recoveries, with a recovery rate of 84,1%. 

The amount of active cases in the country stands at 132 804. 

KwaZulu-Natal currently has the most active cases with 46 710 confirmed cases and the Eastern Cape has the highest total number of Covid-19 related deaths with the recorded death toll at 6 925. 

Hospitals and medical centres have been put under immense pressure with wards reportedly overflowing with patients and healthcare workers having to cancel their vacations to relieve hospitals from the big influx of patients. 

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has been in discussions about restrictions that have to be put in place to slow the rapid spread of the coronavirus. 

GCIS director-general Phumla Williams and Presidency spokesperson  Tyrone Seale were not able to confirm the date on which President Cyril Ramaphosa will be holding a 'family meeting' after the announcement of the revised lockdown regulations on 14 December. 

“Once the NCCC concludes its meetings it consults with provinces before a report is sent to the president who in turn will engage the country on pertinent matters,” said Williams.

According to the Sunday Times, citing a government insider, president Cyril Ramaphosa will recall cabinet ministers from their holidays to hold an urgent meeting on Tuesday (29 December) to address this crisis.

The new variant of the coronavirus coupled with the increased gatherings which occurred over the festive season is said to have been driving the infections in the country. 

Between 80% and 90% of new cases in the country are carrying the mutant variant, according to health authorities.

eNCA spoke to Professor Alex Broadbent from the University of Johannesburg and he says:
"If one is going to consider locking down in a response to a development then one has to look at the endgame and the endgame is getting the vaccination,"

South Africa has been late to paying and receiving the vaccine as America and countries in Europe have already been administering the vaccine. 

Professor Broadbent has said that this could have been due to administrative incompetence and that South Africa did not have the sufficient infrastructure to secure the vaccine. 

South Africa has made a down payment to the vaccines alliance Gavi for entry into the COVAX facility and the country is set to receive the vaccines in the second quarter of 2021. 

 

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