Sipho Mabena
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23 Jan 2021
5:00 am

Covid battle outlook grim

Sipho Mabena

Given the issues with vaccine procurement, financing and the health system’s endemic woes, SA’s Covid-19 battle did not look good, says expert.

An elderly lady being admitted at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, 11 January 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Despite a promising decline in the number of Covid-19 infections in the past week, experts have warned of a grim situation in the absence of sustained intervention by authorities. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week shared a bit of good news when he revealed that SA has seen some promising signs of decline in Covid-19 transmissions, with a 23% decrease in cases compared to the previous seven days. But the minister also indicated that the country’s healthcare system continued to experience significant strain, with hospitalisation showing an 18.3% increase on 16 January compared to seven days prior. Stellenbosch University epidemiologist...