Covid-19: Less and less active cases in Gauteng

Patients in Gauteng now appear to be recovering faster from the new coronavirus than new Covid-19 cases are being reported. This is about six weeks after Gauteng started to experience a rapid increase in infections, which led to the province becoming the new epicenter of Covid-19 in the meantime.

The Gauteng legislature in its latest weekly report on Covid-19 provided more clarity on the cause of Covid-19-related deaths in the province, the availability of hospital beds, and the number of active cases in the province.

From the report, it is clear that the majority of Covid-19 deaths in the province are related to diabetes and hypertension and that almost half of the deaths were recorded within three days after diagnosis. However, the report also shows that the minority of patients admitted to Gauteng hospitals need oxygen or a ventilator.

According to the report, the number of positive cases Covid-19 in Gauteng continues to increase daily with between 4,000 and 6,000 new cases.

Yet patients in Gauteng appear to have recovered faster between 12 and 16 July than new cases were reported, while the number of deaths remains constant at 1% of cases. As a result, the number of active cases has gradually begun to level off since 12 July.

According to the report, 32% of Covid-19 patients recovered by 9 July. ʼn Week later (on 16 July) this figure increased to 43%. At the same time, the number of active cases decreased from 67% to 56%, which means that a significant number of patients (24,818) recovered from the new coronavirus in a matter of a week.

Johannesburg had the most active cases of Covid-19 in Gauteng at the time. The areas of Alexandra, Wynberg, Sandton, and Orange Grove were particularly affected, followed by Doornkop, Soweto, Dobsonville, and Protea Glen.

This group has, despite the number of active cases, at the same time the highest recovery rate of all the areas in Gauteng.

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