By Kaya 959 News
Gauteng’s roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine has been derailed by ongoing protests in parts of the province.
Daily Maverick reported that vaccination numbers had reached close to 192 000 last week however, the number had dropped drastically after riots spread across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms and can’t access testing facilities are asked to try and limit the transmission of the virus by taking precautions and to quarantine if possible.
The NICD confirmed an increase of 17 489 new COVID-19 cases.
This effectively increases SA’s number of cases to 2 236 805 with 200 694 active cases.
As per the National Department of Health, a further 453 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 65 595 to date.
Majority of new cases in Gauteng
The majority of new cases are from Gauteng (46%), followed by Western Cape (17%). Limpopo accounted for 10%; North West accounted for 9%; Mpumalanga accounted for 7%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State accounted for 3%; KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today’s new cases.
The NICD noted that the total number of new cases increased from the day before however, it was lower than the average number of cases recorded over the last week.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country’s vaccination program has been severely disrupted just as it was starting to gain momentum.
He said the recent looting and rioting will have a lasting effect on SA’s ability to consolidate some of the progress made so far.
Vaccine programs at Dischem and Clicks were closed after malls and shopping centres were looted. C
Clicks confirmed that it had to shut 106 vaccine sites and 279 pharmacies and health shops.