Covid-19 death toll on the rise once again
South Africa has recorded 73 new Covid-19 related death, pushing the death toll to 20,314.
Of the 73 new deaths, 15 of them happened in the past 48 hours, seven of them in the Eastern Cape, two in Gauteng and six in the Western Cape.
South Africa is currently dealing with new cases of Covid-19 that are gradually increasing. In countries across Europe are going through a resurgence in Covid-19 cases after successfully slowing the outbreak early on in the year.
Czech Republic, reportedly has the worst infection record in Europe. Countries throughout Europe have once again made masks mandatory in public settings and curfews have been shortened to midnight. In October Italy reported 7,332 new cases in 24 hours which is higher than 6,557 cases reported in March.
France reported 88 daily deaths on October 16, the French Ministry announced 22,950 new Covid-19 cases and that 32% of the countries intensive care beds were occupied by Covid patients.
Iran is currently experiencing its third wave of the Covid-19 outbreak. 239 people with Covid-19 died within 24 hours, it was also added that the number of confirmed cases had risen by 4,019 to 488, 814 in October.
In the United States of America, the number of infections in recent days has reportedly reached new heights. 150,000 cases were recorded in one day for the first time since the outbreak began.
Although South Africa is not experiencing the second wave of the pandemic like other countries, many people are still taking the importance of wearing masks lightly.
Khayelihle Jali, Btech students explains why students and people are disregarding the safety protocols put in place.
“South Africa’s Covid-19 numbers are significantly low in the second wave compared to other countries, a lot of people don’t even care about the virus anymore it has become one big joke. I don’t think people care anymore especially after we came back from lockdown the fact that we are basically on level one makes things worse because the whole country is open. Some people still don’t believe that Covid-19 exists and don’t even care for masks,” said Jali.
Nhlakanipho Mbeje, UNISA student said “Here in South Africa we not taking Covid-19 serious anymore because, the economy is basically on full functionality. We can go everywhere we want to go including visit friends, relatives and even places of fun e.g clubs, restaurants, game centre’s even contact sport are open for the public. I don’t think we can expect the public to be responsible in such spaces,” he said