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South Africa Sees Record New Cases

South Africa Sees Record New Cases

A staggering 24,270 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in South Africa in the last 24 hours. The highest in this third wave. This brings the total known caseload in the country to 2 019 826. Three hundred and three people have sadly succumbed to the virus in the same period, which brings the total death toll to 61,332.

The Department of Health said 1 773 930 people have so far recovered from the virus, with the recovery rate at 87.8%. Meanwhile, the Gauteng Department of Health on Friday said it was repurposing its budget to make more staff and beds available to respond to the growing number of COVID-19 patients being hospitalised during the third wave.

The province is responsible for more than 50% of the coronavirus third wave patients so far. The province said it had to find the beds that were used for field hospitals like Nasrec last year, which would now be added to hospitals to accommodate more patients. The health department’s Ntsakisi Maluleke said they were making more money available to recruit staff and repurpose more beds for the province’s hospitals.

“The beds that have been opened to date from this additional funding in the last 10 days are 86 at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, 25 at Jubilee hospital, 10 at AngloGold Ashanti Hospital and 62 beds at Dr George Mukhari Hospital.”

There are over 7,000 COVID-19 patients currently in private and public hospitals; the majority are being accommodated in private facilities. Both private and public hospitals were more than 90% full and public hospitals had a 60% bed occupancy for COVID related cases.

Discovery Health has now opened its sixth COVID-19 vaccination at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Discovery on Friday said with the capacity to deliver 3,800 vaccinations per day to the 3.5 million residents within close proximity of Midrand, the site was one of the largest vaccination centres in South Africa and included more than 48 full-time vaccinators and 150 clinical and support staff.

The Gallagher vaccination site is currently open to people over the age of 50 years who have registered with the government’s electronic vaccination data system and to medical scheme members who have booked online.
“We need to get as many people as possible in South Africa vaccinated and as quickly as possible. This is crucial towards achieving population-level immunity and we’re therefore working hard to support the government in accelerating the national rollout strategy. We’ve also partnered with the Western Cape government to both build and operate the Cape Town International Convention Centre as a mass vaccination site,” said Discovery’s Dr Ryan Noach.

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