The Department of Health has expressed concern over an increase in the number of new daily coronavirus cases in Gauteng, the North West, the Northern Cape and the Free State. The department has called on the public to continue adhering to strict COVID-19 health protocols to help avoid a third wave of infections.
The country has recorded 2149 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hours, putting the total number of cases at 1 590 370. Another 63 people have died from COVID-19 related complications – taking the national death toll to 54 620.
The Minister of Health’s Spokesperson is Dr Lwazi Manzi has urged citizens to play their part.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health says scientists are attempting to understand the potential impact of new coronavirus variants possibly entering the country.
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, says despite the country having been largely isolated from the possible importation of the B.1.617 variant, currently circulating in India – South Africa is investigating further measures to protect itself.
The department has called on the public to continue adhering to strict COVID-19 health protocols to help avoid a third wave of infections.
Manzi says the B.1.617 variant is being taken very seriously.
“We also wish to reassure citizens that the threat of variants of concern like the B1617 is something that we take very seriously as government and that our scientists are working very hard to ensure that we have a good understanding of what these variants of concerns could mean for us in the context of our own country where we have a variant of concern, the B1351.”
COVID-19 | No confirmed cases of the B.1.617 variant in SA to date: