[Opinion]: Looting Affects Covid-19 Testing Centres

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President Cyril Ramaphosa extended level 4 of the lockdown with a further 14 days due to an increase in covid-19 cases.


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President Cyril Ramaphosa extended level 4 of the lockdown with a further 14 days due to an increase in covid-19 cases.
As the Department of Health prepares for the third wave, cases are decreasing since the beginning of the protests in South Africa.
Protests started on 8 July 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal province, following the arrest of former President Jacob Zuma. On July 10 they had spread out to some parts of the Gauteng province.
On 7 July before the protests broke out, the country had recorded 21 427 new cases. In the past 24 hours 12 535 cases have been recorded.
The number of recorded deaths were 411 on July 7, and has increased to 633 in the past 24 hours.
As the number of recorded new cases decreases, fatalities increase. This could be a result of under reporting.
The Department of Health has reported a decrease in the number of people getting tested for covid-19 since the outbreak of the protests.
Some Health facilities have temporarily closed due to the protests.
Protests have turned into looting, and people have been gathering in large numbers at vandalised businesses.
Covid-19 prevention measures are not being observed by looters, which increases the risk of contracting the virus.
It is highly likely that the actual number of active covid-19 cases is much higher than the recorded number.
The Department of Health had ramped up the vaccination process, with the intention of increasing immunity. The process has now been put on hold in a lot of places, especially those affected by the violence.
The country is fighting the Delta variant, which experts explained as highly contagious.
This means in the next few weeks when the Department of Health is able to continue with covid-19 testing without interruptions, the nation may expect higher covid-19 cases.
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