South African Government To Restore Restrictive Measures In The Wake Of Rising COVID19 Cases

South African Government To Restore Restrictive Measures In The Wake Of Rising COVID19 Cases

South Africa has reported 1 million confirmed cases of COVID19 as the new strain of the virus rapidly spreads across the country. In the wake of the surging cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for an emergency meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council. Experts have said that the new variant of the virus called 501.V2 has been more infectious and has rapidly spread across several areas of the nation. The hospitals in South Africa are on the verge of reaching capacity. There is no sign of the new increase in the cases reaching a limit. Looking at the state of affairs, President Ramaphosa is expected to restore restrictive actions in order to contain the spread of the virus. Infectious Disease experts Dr. Richard Lessells has said that the officials can still recover from the dreaded situation. He has said that by making some changes in their behavior, people can fight against the virus in a much better way. Dr. Lessells has said that people need to refrain from being in contact with other people in enclosed spaces.
South Africa has reported around 1004431 confirmed cases of COVID19 last week. The figures consist of 26735 deaths due to the disease in the country, which has a total of 60 million people. Experts have said that 1 million cases of COVID19 shows that the country is hard hit by the COVID19 pandemic, however, the real number of cases might be higher than this. They have seen that the new strain of the virus has transmitted quite rapidly. The genomic sequencing of the new variant has shown that the new mutation has become more rampant across the coastal provinces of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal. However, experts have been unsure whether the new variant is prevalent across the inland Gauteng Province, including Johannesburg, which is the nations’ most inhabited province. Health experts have warned that as people come back from holidays in coastal regions, they are expected to bring the new variant along with them. They fear that travelers might take the new strain of the virus along with them across the borders to other African nations as well. Scientists have said that the new virus is suspected to attach more effectively to cells of the human body. The vaccine rollout has not begun in South Africa yet. Although President Ramaphosa has said that nearly 10 percent of 60 million people will be vaccinated in the initial months of 2021.
As per the new data, South Africa’s per week rolling average of daily new confirmed cases of COVID19 has increased by twofold in the last two weeks. There have been around 10.24 new cases per 100000 people on 12 December 2020 and the rate of infection has shot up to be 19.86 cases per 100000 people by 26 December 2020. The Seven-days rolling average of daily deaths due to COVID19 in the country as well has gone up by twofold, said the experts. The daily death average has been nearly 0.24 deaths per 100000 people on 12 December and it has gone up to be 0.48 deaths per 100000 people in the next two weeks.