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Sport South Africa: health personnel devastated by Covid-19

23:25  06 august  2020
23:25  06 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Afrique du Sud : le personnel de santé dévasté par le Covid-19 © Provided by Le Point

To understand the scale of the disaster, it is important to know that the approximately 24,000 health personnel infected by the new coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in March represent around 5% of the total number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa . It was the South African Minister of Health himself, Zweli Mkwize, who announced it at a press conference, adding that 181 of them had lost their lives. Moreover, since the start of the pandemic, the unions have warned about the safety of staff in South African hospitals treating Covid patients, as well as the number and quality of protective equipment.

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An observation reflecting the general health situation of the country

With 521,318 confirmed cases, including more than 8,000 dead, Africa South is the most affected country on the African continent. On its own, it has recorded more than half of the cases of the new coronavirus in Africa. It is also the fifth country in the world most affected by the pandemic in terms of confirmed cases, but the official number of deaths is vastly underestimated, experts have warned. Between 40,000 and 50,000 people could die from Covid-19 by the end of the year in the country, according to official projections. "We are not done yet" with the pandemic, admitted Zweli Mkwize, affirming however "that until now we have fought well" against it. "We have not reached the stage where there is no room for (Covid) patients in hospitals," he said. He indicated that his country could "have reached the peak (of the pandemic) by the end of August", however warning against the risk of a second wave in the event of too rapid abandonment of the measures taken to contain the expansion of the virus. South Africa imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world at the end of March, before easing it. Faced with the explosion of contaminations, schools have once again been closed for a month and a night curfew has been reinstated.

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