SA could experience fourth COVID-19 wave in December and early January: Health Minister Phaahla

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South Africa could experience a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the middle of next month or in early January. This is according to Health Minister Joe Phaahla.

Phaahla and a panel of experts were giving an update on how they were dealing with the pandemic on Friday morning.

Update on the progress of government’s COVID-19 response

Over 13-million people have been fully vaccinated so far.

Phaahla says health care workers are being targeted for booster shots to help them to cope with the coming wave. He says they will start with workers first vaccinated in the Sisonke trial.

“In terms of planning our next phase of boosters, we would also want to make it available for other health workers outside the Sesonke trials. We are receiving a lot of enquiries about health workers who were on the Pfizer. The same process we will need to get approval from SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority),” says Phaahla.


Latest COVID-19 Statistics in South Africa

South Africa has recorded 356 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of infections to  2 924 978.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has also reported further 17 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 89 452.

Latest SA stats: