The Eastern Cape has now officially entered into the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth.

Briefing the media in East London on Tuesday, Meth said the scientific data related to the active cases has confirmed the third wave in the province.

More than a million people in the Eastern Cape have registered for the vaccine up to this point and of those more than 860 000 vaccines have been administered.

Eastern Cape gives a provincial update on coronavirus infections rates:

MEC Meth says the registration process was initially hampered by conspiracy theories.

She again called on residents of the province to adhere to the COVID-19 regulation to lessen the impact of the third wave.

“We saw in other provinces how the third wave spread within days of being declared. We are hopeful the people in the Eastern Cape will behave better and be vigilant. How fast the third wave will spread and how long it will last is entirely on us.”

“It is mostly driven by the more infectious Delta variant. We are happy that the numbers in other provinces are declining but with us, it is still fluctuating. Let’s continue to observe all the non-pharmaceutical protocols,” adds Meth.

Before the briefing, SABC News’ Abongile Jantjies spoke to the Province Health spokesperson:

Below are the latest COVID-19 statistics in South Africa:

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