According to Times Magazine, South Africa’s has confirmed that the coronavirus cases in the country has doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw also witness its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000.
Due to what has being described as the rich hoarding medical equipment and use of private hospitals while the poor are crowded into overwhelmed public facilities.
In Johannesburg, the epicenter of South Africa’s outbreak, badly needed oxygen concentrators that help COVID-19 patients who are struggling to breathe are hard to find as private businesses and individuals are buying them up, a public health specialist volunteering at a field hospital, Lynne Wilkinson, told The Associated Press.
South Africa now has more than 250,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including more than 3,800 deaths.
More than 8,000 health workers across Africa have been infected, half of them in South Africa.
In India, cases jumped from 600,000 to more than 800,000 in nine days.