Gauteng not far off from what happened in India – Mark Heywood (SECTION27)
Gauteng already recorded 30 000 excess deaths so far this year
The province is approaching what happened in Italy at the start of the pandemic and more recently in India
Slow vaccinations mean there may be a fourth and fifth wave – we must prepare for them as soon as the third wave wanes
Gauteng could experience the peak of its third wave of Covid-19 infections in the next two weeks, depending on the public’s behaviour, according to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
South Africa’s third wave “curve” is still on a steep incline.
The country’s seven-day average of new daily infections is at 11 407, with Gauteng accounting for about 60% of them.
John Maytham interviewed Mark Heywood, founder of SECTION27, a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve equality and social justice in the country (scroll up to listen).
Things are bad… We’re not very far off [what happened in India] … In Gauteng, by 11 June they had 30 000 excess deaths… It seems we’re not yet close to the peak…Mark Heywood, founder - SECTION27
Our best protectors are ourselves… I don’t think further economic disruption that will make people hungry and unemployed… will help… I’ve spoken to doctors who say stop the flow of alcohol. I agree with that…Mark Heywood, founder - SECTION27
One group of people we’ve overlooked in this epidemic is social scientists… and communications specialists in health… The messages are not that complex… It’s tragic…Mark Heywood, founder - SECTION27
Because of our slow vaccinations, there will be a fourth wave, and a fifth wave, probably. So, we have to start thinking about that now… Once we get through this peak… we have to prepare for the inevitability of a rise again…Mark Heywood, founder - SECTION27
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