Acting Councillor of Research and Innovation at the University of the KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Mosa Moshabela says  government should start to prepare for the fourth wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

At the weekend, the Centre for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) warned that the country could face the fourth wave towards the end of the year (2021).

It says vigilance is required as political parties embarked on campaigns ahead of the November 1 local government elections because mass gatherings could become coronavirus super spreader events.

The coronavirus test positivity rate has finally declined to 5% – the rate at which the spread of the virus is considered to be under control.

Dr Moshabela says government cannot afford to become complacent.

 SA’s COVID-19 status: 967 new COVID-19 infections and 51 deaths

Meanwhile, deaths attributed to COVID-19 have decreased significantly since the last reporting cycle.

51 people have died from COVID-related complications in the last 24 hours.

During the peak of the third wave that was fuelled by the Delta variant – the test positivity rate was as high as 30%.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 967 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest 24-hour reporting cycle.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 2,896,943.

Latest COVID-19 stats in South Africa:

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