President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is extremely concerned about a possible third wave of the coronavirus and is seeking ways of dealing with it. Medical experts say the third wave could become a reality in the entire country in the coming weeks.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the Free State is the only province that’s already experiencing the third wave, while Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West and the Western Cape are showing sustained increases in coronavirus infections.

The Northern Cape is experiencing a significant resurgence in cases.

Limpopo and the Eastern Cape are the only two provinces that are not yet at risk of the third wave.

President Ramaphosa was speaking after handing over title deeds to black farmers at Tafelkop in Groblersdal, Limpopo.

“We are worried about the third wave because the numbers are increasing, so we’re keeping a close eye on that and we’re working very hard, very, very hard indeed, to try and get those vaccines released. The vaccines are in place in South Africa. In Paris, we argued very strongly for Africa and other developing economies to be allowed to manufacture our own vaccines.”

President Ramaphosa speaks on COVID-19 vaccines while handing over title deeds at Tafelkop farms:  

South Africa recorded 3 332 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 628 335.

The country has also recorded 151 new COVID-19 related fatalities on Friday. This brings the total number of deaths to 55 719.

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