Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, says the province is in the grip of a COVID-19 third wave. He was speaking during the official opening of a refurbished mining hospital in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg, on Friday

The hospital, with 181 beds will be used for Covid-19 patients.

Makhura says in this week alone, the number of new Covid-19 cases has more than doubled.

On Thursday, Gauteng recorded over 1200 cases.

Makhura says many people are still not adhering to safety protocols and there’s a need to enforce restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.

He says over 100 000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated. 215 000 workers still need to be vaccinated.

The latest COVID-19 statistics in South Africa.