Covid-19 cases spike after thousands of teens celebrate rage parties

Covid-19 cases spike after thousands of teens celebrate rage parties

- Rage events hosted across South Africa are potential "super spread events"

- Medical centres in KZN are being overwhelmed by requests for Covid-19 tests

- 95% teens attending the events who tested positive did not show any symptoms

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It is that time of year again, when thousands of teens flood the party scene to celebrate the end of the school year and for many of them, they are celebrating the end of school, having completed matric.

However, during a global pandemic mixing with thousands of random strangers is not the wisest thing to do and as a result, testing centres are being overwhelmed by Covid-19 tests.

According to Dr Kamz Govender of the Value Health Hillcrest Medical & Urgent Care Centre, many of the test are being requested by families who learned that their children's friends had tested positive for Covid-19.

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"The past 48 hours has been overwhelming as a practitioner in the Upper Highway area with an influx of teens requiring Covid-19 PCR tests. This has been largely due to them attending the annual matric Rage event over the last week and having multiple friends whom have tested positive for Covid-19."

Covid-19 cases spike after thousands of teens celebrate rage parties
The matric rage parties happening across South Africa are being called "super spread events". Photo credit: Gateway to KZN
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Most of the cases, as many as 95%, the teens who have tested positive have mostly been completely asymptomatic.

"Over the past two days, we noted that 95% of the teenagers who tested, were found to be Covid-19 positive, and even more worrying is that almost all were asymptomatic."

Govender explained that this was due to their strong immune systems.

"Usually, youngsters have a robust immune system and recover very quickly with minor or no symptoms, however, this age group also tends to socialize in large groups & this will most certainly increase the spread of the virus during the festive period. (Super spread event)."

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He ended his post urging teens to make responsible decisions and think about the consequences of their actions and how they might affect the loved ones in their lives.

Earlier, reported that the World Health Organization warns that vaccines won't be a magical remedy to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

This warning comes as the United States recorded unprecedented infections and braces for a 'dark winter' over the festive period.

With Christmas looming, concerns are mounting that social events will prompt a spike in infections with US President-Elect Joe Biden calling for mask use indoors.

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