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Gauteng not far off from what happened in India – Mark Heywood (SECTION27)

22 June 2021 5:18 PM
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Covid-19 in Gauteng

John Maytham interviews Mark Heywood, founder of public interest law centre 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

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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).


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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



22 June 2021 5:18 PM
Tags:
Mark Heywood
John Maytham
Section27
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
Third wave
Covid-19 in Gauteng

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