Covid-19 may have already infected 20 million in South Africa, says Prof Madhi

Daily Maverick (09/14/2020)
  • Antibody testing has revealed about 35% to 40% of South Africans have probably been infected.
  • Theories for the relatively low number of deaths compared to infections are previous immunity, the relatively young population, and preventative measures.
  • However, the amount of deaths is probably about 2 times the confirmed amount.
  • South Africa has reached the threshold for herd immunity, but large gatherings and reducing precautions could still cause outbreaks.
  • South Africa’s coronavirus casualties are decreasing, and it is working on obtaining a vaccine.