Huge spike in Coronavirus cases in South Africa.
In the past 24 hours, South Africa reported over 10,000 new Novel Coronavirus cases. In the past few weeks, South Africa has eased its Coronavirus pandemic lockdowns by allowing all kinds of businesses to reopen. This was done so as to prevent an economic disaster from hitting the country.
In the month of June 2020, the number of Novel Coronavirus cases quadrupled in South Africa. There was a very stringent stay-at-home order that had been imposed in South Africa, since the past couple of months. This made worse the scenario of hunger and high unemployment in South Africa.
Hospitals in South Africa are in panic because of the increasing number of Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the country. Requesting total anonymity, a nurse from a hospital in South Africa said:
“A lot, a lot, a lot of people are coming in every day. With Covid-19. Each day, it becomes more difficult to cope.”
In the hospital ward for New Coronavirus cases, in which the nurse works, there is no space left to take in new patients. So the new patients are admitted in the general ward. And in the general ward, they have to wait for many days, till they are tested.
Johannesburg University of the Witwatersrand, Professor of Vaccinology, Shabir Madhi, says:
“It is hard to see how our hospitals will be able to cope. Our facilities are reaching a tipping point.”
South Africa, has a populace of almost 58 million and as high as almost 40% of all the COVID-19 cases of the continent, are from South Africa.
At the beginning of June 2020, South Africa had 34,000 Coronavirus disease cases. But now, the number of deaths is nearly 3,030 and the number cases is almost 190,000, in South Africa, attributed to Coronavirus.