While the B.1.351 Coronavirus variant was first discovered in South Africa, the nation is now only trailing the U.K. when it comes to the reduction in peak COVID-19 cases in G20 countries.
According to data released by The Spectator, South Africa has achieved a 94% reduction in COVID-19 cases from the date of its peak infection rate on January 11, 2021. The country comes in second only to the U.K., which has achieved a 96.3% reduction in cases since its peak on January 4, 2021.
Of the G20 countries that have experienced the most significant declines, China follows with an 86% reduction; Mexico and Spain, each with an 80% reduction; the U.S. with a 75% reduction; Russia with a 70% reduction; Indonesia with a 59% reduction; Italy with a 40% reduction; and South Korea with a 39% reduction.
The decline in cases follows widespread vaccination efforts by governments globally. This week, South Africa’s Minister of Health Dr. Zweli Mkhize stated that the government plans to vaccinate 46.2 million South Africans by March 2022, contingent on the availability of vaccines by their manufacturers.
A mass vaccination campaign has been implemented in the country following the spread of the variant, which has been identified in 95% of domestic COVID-19 cases.