South Africans warned of 3rd COVID-19 wave

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 06: Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize visits Clairwood Hospital ahead of the expected peak in the Province on August 06, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. According to a media release, the Minister will visit a few COVID-19 facilities across the province and sit down with Provincial and District management in an attempt to better understand challenges faced by the province. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

South Africans in various provinces have been warned that the country could be in the third wave of COVID-19.

News24 reports that In a communication that was widely distributed on Wednesday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said: “Kindly note that the COVID-19 positive cases are rising rapidly.

For all intents and purposes, we are in third-wave even if not fitting in technical definition. The numbers will no longer go down other than if we start intensive containment measures.”

Zweli encouraged provinces to intensify response programmes.

“We need to meet frequently to see how to support each other. Contact tracing and quarantine is the mainstay of our response. It is NOW and NOT LATER.”

However, SABC reports that The National Department of Health said, “while the increase in new COVID-19 infections is worrying, South Africa has not yet hit the third wave of infections.”

The country has thus far recorded 1,601,548 coronavirus cases and 54,967 deaths.

(With input from Agencies)