Health Minister Joe Phaahla says the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic has been the longest than the previous waves in the country. He says it lasted for about 110 days.

The number of new cases has dropped again to under 1 000 with the positivity rate dipping to 2.8%. Phaahla has been giving an update on COVID-19 pandemic.

“Indeed we have exited the third wave. It has been a long dream. Our scientists in terms of modelling and monitoring indicated that on the 27th of September, we technically exited the third wave which is very welcomed information. The first wave was in the region of 80 days and then the next one around 90 days well this one was over 100 days.”

Phaahla says the vaccination programme is now firmly on the ground with more than 18 million doses administered, and 13 million people fully vaccinated. Government is targeting to vaccinate 70% of the population by December.

Vooma Vaccination Campaign proved to be a success

Phaahla says the past weekend’s Vooma Vaccination Campaign proved to be a success as the daily uptake has remained constant at over 200 000 doses administered daily throughout the week.

“Over this Vooma weekend, we surpassed our target of 350 000 vaccination doses administered and I’m pleased to say that the momentum of the weekend has carried us through into the week with sustained increases this week, far better than previous weeks from Monday up to yesterday with the last two days again going over 200 0000 doses administered per day.”

South Africa has recorded 989 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to 2 909 757.

The NICD has also reported a further 123 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 88 104 to date.

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