South Africa's Covid-19 Fourth wave headache


South Africa may be patting itself on the back for seemingly getting the third wave of Covid to back down – but the battle isn’t over yet!

The Covid-19 fourth wave is on the horizon! Last week lockdown restrictions were eased following a decline in a number of new infections.

But on Wednesday 4 August, the Department of Health spokesman, Popo Maja, said it was quite likely for the country to move into a fourth wave.

“Adherence to Covid-19 regulations and non-pharmaceutical measures will reduce the severity of another wave,” said Maja.

Nicholas Crisp from the department reportedly said the fourth wave was likely to hit in October and November.

On Tuesday, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases recorded 8 988 new infections – higher than the 5 575 recorded on Monday and lower than the average number of new cases over a period of seven days.

Another 555 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of deaths to 72 992.

The number of recoveries were recorded at 2 250 708, with a recovery rate of 91,1%.

“The majority of new cases are from the Western Cape and Gauteng which accounted for 25% each, followed by KZN 19%, Eastern Cape 9%, Mpumalanga 6%, North West 5%, Free State and Limpopo 4% each; and Northern Cape 2%,” stated the institute.

There has been an increase of 636 hospital admissions. By the end of last month, the number of vaccinated people had surpassed seven million.

The institute said the main purpose of the Covid-19 vaccines was to protect from severe disease, hospitalisation and death.

“Even the best jabs don’t provide 100% protection, and some vaccinated people still get Covid through breakthrough infections,” they said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in his weekly newsletter on Monday, said he was impressed by the level of professionalism at government and private vaccination sites, and by how many people accepted the need to get the jab.

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