The highly contagious delta variant, first detected in India, now dominates South Africa, the country’s health officials said.
“This new strain is actually more contagious than any other strain, including the South African beta variant,” said Tulio de Oliveira, a member of the Cabinet Advisory Committee on the Corona virus and director of the research site, for innovation and sequencing in KwaZulu-Natal (Crisp).
As the spread grows so fast, the number of hospitals across the country is increasing and the number of deaths is increasing, not only from Govt-19, but also from other diseases.
Data were collected on the prevalence of delta variation in the country based on the prevalent samples in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, D’Olivera reported, adding that the increase in new cases of covit-19 in the province of Qutung was mainly due to this contagious variation.
For his part, Coleka Milizana, chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council, stressed the urgent need to strengthen control measures and restrict the people’s movement to deal with the rise of new cases, calling for a total ban on meetings.
“The arrival of the delta variant has fundamentally changed the predictions of models for the third wave,” he said, adding that “we can already observe that hospitals in Kuteng are in great trouble.”
South Africa, officially the most affected country on the continent by the epidemic, is still lagging behind in vaccination competition. Out of a total population of 59 million, only 2.6 million were vaccinated.
There have been 1.9 million positive cases of corona virus reported in the country so far, including more than 59,000 deaths.