The confirmed cases in South Africa have doubled in the last two weeks to make a total of 264,184, and India has recorded a surge of 28637 new COVID-19 infections with a total of more than 850000 coronavirus cases.
In the center of South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak, Johannesburg, the oxygen supplies are scarce for Covid-19 patients. Private companies are buying the resources making it a challenge for patients in public sectors, according to the health expert Lynne Wilkinson.
“The patients are scared, very, very scared.”
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases reported that public hospitals are experiencing a higher proportion of mortality rates than private hospitals due to the shortage of healthcare and medical resources. So far, 3971 deaths have been reported in the country. Zweli Mkhize, the health minister of South Africa, has warned the country of a covid-19 “storm.”
In Africa, more than 8000 health professionals are infected with coronavirus, and among those, half are from South Africa.
India is amongst the world’s most populated countries, with a population of 1.3 billion. The health care staff, on the other hand, is amongst the low levels of resources and healthcare availability. The country has reported more than 550,000 coronavirus cases and has the third most number of cases in the world.
In the last 24 hours, the infections in India have been the highest number of 28000 new coronavirus cases, and almost a dozen of the states have imposed lockdowns in high-risk areas. The numbers have increased to more than 200,000 in less than two weeks.
The private hospitals maintain and offer higher healthcare standards, but the inability to afford has led to a stack of infected people in public hospitals.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 12 million people, with half a million deaths due to the pandemic. In some countries, the shortages of testing and healthcare lead to doubt the actual number of infections.