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All the news for September 15, 2020
11:39 am | Coronavirus: 20% of South Africans may have already been infected.
Some 12 million South Africans could already have contracted the coronavirus, estimates the Minister of Health, while statistics have confirmed for several weeks a decline in the epidemic.
Officially, the country has 650,749 cases, or 47.8% of the cases recorded throughout Africa.
But the true contamination figures could be much larger, by extrapolating from studies carried out on antibodies.
“Updated models are currently predicting that there would likely be a total of 12 million South Africans (detected and undetected) infected with the coronavirus, or around 20% of the population,” wrote the Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize in a statement Monday evening.
The country is conducting a study to establish the precise level of the seroprevalence of antibodies to the coronavirus among its population of 58 million.
For the Minister of Health, the drop in the number of new infections observed in recent weeks “raises the question of the level of immunity that may already exist” in the country.
For Professor Shabir Madhi of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, a specialist in the matter, the infection rate could even be 35 to 40% in the most densely populated regions of the country, he said on Sunday. an online conference.
8:54 am | COVID-19: New restrictions in Denmark amid rising cases.
Denmark announced new restrictions on Tuesday in the face of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, with a new call from the Prime Minister to respect instructions to resume reducing her contacts.
“The contamination is at a high level. The number of hospitalized people has increased. The health institute warns that we are on the verge of something that can turn into a second wave, ”explained the head of government Mette Frederiksen on Instagram.
“Now is when it matters. We must follow the recommendations of the health authorities ”, she insisted.
The Infectious Disease Control Authority (ISS) advises everyone to create a “social bubble”.
“We need to find maybe five or ten people to hang out with. It is with them that we will spend the fall. Children have to choose classmates in their class, ”SSI director Kåre Mølbak said at a press conference.
In Copenhagen and its suburbs, the party is now over at 10 p.m., when bars and restaurants are asked to close.
For the fourth day in a row, more than 300 new cases of contamination have been identified in this Scandinavian country of 5.8 million inhabitants, a level similar to that recorded in April.