The Acting DG of the Health Department Dr Nicholas Crisp has reiterated that South Africa is almost certain to experience a fourth wave of coronavirus – but the size of the wave will depend on how many people are vaccinated and continue wearing masks.
Dr Crisp says the wave may arrive in South Africa in December.
He has again urged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine as it will offer them protection against severe illness.
Dr Crisp has expressed disappointment that the government has not been able to vaccinate the envisaged 300 000 people per day – saying there has not been sufficient demand from South Africans for the jabs.
He says COVID could be with us for at least five years.
SA’s readiness for COVID-19 4th Wave with Prof. Salim Abdool Karim:
Laters COVID stats
South Africa recorded 339 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 2 923 393. This increase represents a 1.1% positivity rate.
A further 44 COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89 295 to date.
18 670 029 tests have been conducted in both public and private sectors.