South Africa Records Immense Rise in Corona Virus Cases
According to the country’s health officials on Sunday, over 26,000 new cases were reported on Saturday, up from 24 000 the day before. They were caused by the delta strain, with Gauteng as the epicenter.
Approximately 13,800 patients have been admitted to hospitals as a result of coronavirus problems.
There are some facilities and hospitals which are already at capacity, actively canceling elective surgery in order to free up beds and increase health professional availability.
Many hospital workers at Tshepong Hospital in the North West Province are suffering from burnout as a result of the extra stress of the ongoing health crisis, which includes the daily flood of COVID-19 positive patients.
Dr Debi Moagi, a doctor at Tshepong Hospital, South Africa revealed:
“As I stand here, I am feeling physically tired and emotionally as well, because this pandemic is really hard on one. But we haven’t seen death at this rate.”
The number of fatalities in South Africa has surpassed 63,000 since the first case of infection. Although estimates indicates that the majority of virus-related deaths in the United States may exceed 170,000.
Psychologists have been hired by the hospital to help healthcare personnel cope mentally as they deal with the pandemic and increased hospital admissions.
“We try to support each other and we try to give each other…. Like okay, guys we tried and that’s it, you know, so I think emotionally it does affect us a lot” said Onthatile Mmusi, a nurse at Tshepong Hospital.
“Although the hospital is giving us the psychologists that we have debriefing them. And I wish sometimes that we can be here each and every day.”
According to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, South Africa’s 2 million cases account for over 30% of the African continent’s total reported caseload.
“We haven’t seen death at this rate, I think you do get told as you’re training that yes some patients will die. But it’s a bit abnormal to see them dying at this rate,” said doctor Debi Moagi.
President Cyril Ramaphosa last week increased restrictions with the aim of reducing the further spread of coronavirus in the country.
South Africa Records Immense Rise in New Corona Virus Cases
A nighttime curfew has been extended, the sale of alcohol banned, many schools have been closed and travel into and out of Gauteng — the nation’s most populous province that includes Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, halted.
More than 60% of the new cases are in Gauteng, and officials fear that other provinces and cities will follow suit soon. To date, over 3.3 million of South Africa’s 60 million people have taken at least one vaccine from Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson. Health workers, the elderly aged above 60, and school personnel were among the first to be vaccinated in the country.
South Africa’s Health Products Regulatory Authority on Saturday authorized the vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinovac — providing that it submits final results of ongoing clinical studies.
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