As South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases, and death toll, continues to rise, today presents a good opportunity to take stock of how we’ve handled the pandemic thus far, and what is still to come.
Exactly 100 days ago, a man from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal arrived back in South Africa from a trip to Italy, and two days later, he was confirmed as the country’s first coronavirus case.
That really does seem like a lifetime ago, but here we are, with 1 284 lives lost, and 58 568 confirmed infections.
Writing for News24, Kyle Cowan has provided a great ‘review’ of the first 100 days, with graphics compiled by Rudi Louw, using data correct as of the end of Wednesday, June 10.
At that time, there were 1 210 deaths and 55 421 cases.
This particular graphic illustrates that whilst the lockdown was effective in buying our healthcare sector time upfront, the worst is still to come.
The Western Cape curve is obviously the standout, but the Eastern Cape is also preparing for an explosion in cases.
Using data for confirmed coronavirus deaths, this graphic follows a similar trajectory to that one above:
For those of us in the Western Cape, it is becoming increasingly frustrating to see the lax attitudes many are taking towards preventative measures.
Yes, you’ve been good for more than 70 days now, but we’re heading into the eye of the storm.
One final graphic to illustrate that:
Of the first 1 210 deaths, 927 were in the Western Cape.
Read the full News24 article here, which contains more graphics shedding light on the battle against the pandemic.
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