It’s been a trying 18 months for everyone around the world, with the COVID-19 Pandemic bringing Earth to a complete standstill before thrusting us into a life of uncertainty and stress. What’s worse is the death toll, with more than 200 000 people losing their lives due to COVID-19 complications – and this is only in Africa.
According to IOL, a total of 200 254 deaths have been registered in Africa since the initial spread of the virus in December 2019. This is a significantly small number when compared to the 1.3 billion people who call the continent home.
According to current figures, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel as the rising numbers appear to be slowing down across the continent. Recent figures indicate that the daily numbers are sitting at 617 compared to the 990 recorded in late July.
These numbers are based on tolls communicated daily to health authorities in each country across the continent. However, coupled with infection numbers, this may be an underestimation, states the World Health Organisation. This is due to insufficient testing around Africa.
South Africa itself has recorded 83 899 deaths associated with the pandemic, but the previous week’s daily average is notably lower when compared to late July – a small step for those of us who are suffering from pandemic fatigue.
Meanwhile, the Western Cape government is currently discussing whether mandatory vaccinations should be considered for provincial staff members of government, reports Business Tech. However, this is still something that they are mulling over.
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