SA in top 20 of Covid-19 daily global case increases
As SA battles shortages of oxygen and hospitals beds, the country’s Covid-19 infection rate continues to rise, pushing it into the top 20 of the total number of infections and the top five in terms of daily new cases.
According to Worldometers, SA stands at number 17 of the highest number of infections among 213 countries battling the pandemic.
Worldometers is a data source that tracks real-time statistics on several topics, including Covid-19. The numbers vary daily as updates continue to stream in.
To date, SA has 138,134 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 2,456 deaths.
On Saturday, SA reported 7,210 new Covid-19 cases, the highest daily surge in the country since the virus broke out in early March.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize warned that SA was approaching a surge during the winter months of July and August.
“We are seeing a rapid rise in the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases, indicating that, as we had expected, we are approaching a surge during the latter winter months of July and August.
“It is anticipated that while every province will, unfortunately, witness an increase in their numbers, areas where there is high economic activity will experience an exponential rise, beginning with Gauteng and the Western Cape and followed by the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.
Mkhize urged industries to prepare for increasing oxygen requirements and demand for ventilators. This after a high demand for oxygen and ventilators in Gauteng and Eastern Cape.
TimesLIVE reported that the Gauteng health department cautioned that as more cases were reported, the number of admissions and bed occupancy rates for critical patients would increase, which would put more pressure on ventilators, oxygen points and oxygen supplies.
In the Eastern Cape, Mkhize said case management had come into the spotlight and that complaints made on social media “have been well noted”.
“We recognise that we have not reached our full bed capacity, and this is an area receiving urgent attention together with the provincial departments,” Mkhize said.
“Successful public and private partnerships are paramount so we are very pleased that negotiations with the private sector are now concluded and private facilities are ready to accept public patients.
“We have engaged industries to secure what we need to meet our increasing oxygen requirements, and we are very gratified by the co-operation and willingness of industries to divert oxygen to hospital facilities.”
Mkhize said he was confident the country would meet the demand for ventilators.