Gauteng Covid-19 deaths spiked 155% in first week of January: Makhura

The variety of individuals in Gauteng who succumbed to problems associated to Covid-19 between the final week of December and the primary week of January this yr skyrocketed, premier David Makhura stated on Tuesday.  

He was offering an replace on the province’s well being response to the pandemic since final month. He stated he was notably involved concerning the fatality fee.

“Our total fatality fee is lower than 2% — at 1.eight% in Gauteng. After we do a comparability per week, we see the variety of individuals succumbing to Covid-19 is rising fairly considerably. Within the final week of December, it elevated by 123% [from the week before]. Within the week that follows that, main as much as early January, it elevated by 155%. As we communicate, it has elevated by 10%,” he stated.  

The province has recorded 338,071 Covid-19 infections, making up greater than 1 / 4 (27.1%) of the nation’s total instances.

Makhura stated the province had 50,000 lively instances and was recording a mean 433 deaths every week. Solely KwaZulu-Natal, with greater than 90,000, has a larger variety of lively instances.

“It is a matter of nice concern, however we’re not the place we have been,” he stated.