Health professionals warn that things will get much, much worse.

The dreaded and highly contagious Delta variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus is spreading across the country and is probably the driving force behind the massive increase in Covid-19 cases in Gauteng in recent weeks.

And the worst is still to come – the exponential growth of infections in South Africa’s most densely populated province is still to hit the rest of the country.

“It’s bad. People are going to die by the score because there are no [hospital] beds for them,” Dr Angelique Coetzee, chairperson of the SA Medical Association, warned on Friday.

Professor Koleka Mlisana, co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee, warned at an “emergency media conference” held by the health department yesterday afternoon: “It is a matter of days before we will see an increase in figures in the other provinces as well.”….more

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