A rapid increase in COVID-19 has been observed in South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg and threatens to overwhelm its hospitals.
A city of 5 million people, Johannesburg and the surrounding Gauteng province account for almost 60% of new daily infections in the country.
From 10 new cases per 100,000 people on June 10 to 22 per 100,000 people on June 24, South Africa’s 7-day rolling average of daily new cases has doubled over the past two weeks.
Gauteng’s steep rise in cases has not reached its peak yet. Authorities are now considering increasing restrictions on public gatherings and liquor sales.
The vaccination drive in South Africa had a slow movement. Only 2.5 million people of the population of 60 million have received at least one jab.
The military is also concerned for the civilians and helping them by sending medical personnel to help treat the growing number of patients.
Many patients are being sent to medical facilities hours away in Mpumalanga and North West provinces due to the full occupancy of hospitals in Gauteng province.
“The normal procedure is to transfer the patient to the closest hospital from their home, but it is not being possible at the current moment because hospitals are full; they do not have beds,” said Mpeko.
South Africa’s rate of vaccination is the most considerable blame right now for such a crisis. The country has had a shortage of vaccines, among other delays.
And as of the announcement on Thursday, the health minister of the Republic of South Africa can presently embrace folks aged fifty years and older as eligible to urge insusceptible because the country seeks to expand its inoculations. So far, vaccinations are restricted to health care staff, folks aged sixty and over, and schoolteachers.
This week, 300,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccinium were allotted to protect academics and additional staff within the education sector.