South Africa enters third COVID-19 wave

A South African health worker is inoculated with a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Khayelitsha Hospital in Cape Town on February 17, 2021. /Gianluigi Guercia/VCG
A worker scans the temperature of a customer in the warehouse at the Multiflora (PTY) Ltd. Flower Market in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

South Africa has officially entered into a third wave of COVID-19 infections after it reported 9,149 new cases on Thursday

The country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the increase in cases has brought the national seven-day moving average incidence (5,959 cases) which exceeds the new wave threshold as defined by the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC).

The MAC defines the new wave seven-day moving average threshold as 30% of the peak incidence of the previous wave.

The country has now reported a total of 1,722,08 cases, with the 9,149 new cases representing a 15.7% positivity rate based on tests completed.

Western Cape premier Alan Winde said that all indicators show that his province has already entered a third wave. This will sadly result in more hospitalizations and deaths in the Western Cape, he said in a digital press briefing on Thursday

South Africa, which has the highest national tally of COVID-19 in Africa, moved to lockdown level two from the previous level one from May 31 as the number of infections began to rise sharply in several parts of the country and the positivity rate more than doubled in a month, from around 4 percent to more than 11 percent.


Story compiled with assistance from Xinhua News Agency, Business Tech South Africa