Shock stats: Gauteng Covid-19 cases surge 283% in two weeks

Gauteng has become SA’s Covid-19 epicentre after a spike in infections in the past two weeks.                     Image: MICHELE SPATARI/AFP

All eyes are on Gauteng as it sees a dramatic rise in the number of Covid-19 infections, becoming the country’s epicentre for this virus.

In just two weeks, the number of infections has increased by a staggering 283%.

Here are some defining moments of Gauteng’s recent fight against the coronavirus:

A two-week surge

Two weeks go, on June 25, Gauteng had 28,746 cases. On Thursday, the province had 81,546 cases — a 283% increase.

On June 25 it had 149 deaths and on Thursday 515 deaths  – 346% increase.

Province predictions

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ modelling data, the number of deaths in Gauteng could potentially triple every two weeks.

Hotspots

A district breakdown of infections from Wednesday showed Johannesburg as the hotspot in Gauteng:

     
Area July 8 June 25
Johannesburg  35,040 12,892
Ekurhuleni 16,626 5,377
Tshwane 12,216 4,059
Sedibeng 3,400 861
West Rand 4,827 1,758

Hospital influx

Private and state hospitals in Gauteng are currently treating 2,692 patients for Covid-19.

Gauteng under strain

Two weeks ago, experts warned that Gauteng was in the eye of the Covid-19 storm. Health care workers and hospitals were stretched as cases surged. Provincial health MEC Bandile Masuku said the province’s laboratories were overwhelmed and had a backlog of 30,000 tests.

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