Experts are warning that recurring Covid-19 waves are reality until a vaccine becomes widely available. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic in South Africa.
South Africa is currently at the mercy of the second wave but experts are warning that this may not be the last.
Until a vaccine becomes widely available recurring waves of infections are a reality for the foreseeable future.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates below:
1. Warnings of multiple waves
Glenda Gray, president of the Medical Research Council, has urged South Africans to put an end to the spread of Covid-19.
The expert has warned that SA will be subjected to recurring waves until vaccines are widely available:
“As long as the virus is circulating, there will be variation … we need to understand that when this wave is over, there is going to be a third and fourth wave.”
Until a vaccine is indeed widely available, Gray urged people to religiously exercise non-pharmaceutical interventions:
- Physical distancing
- Wearing a mask
- Ensuring good ventilation by meeting outdoors
- Hand washing and sanitising
- Staying home if feeling sick
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again updated South Africans on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement released by the Department of Health on Boxing Day, Mkhize commented that:
"As of today, a cumulative total of 994 911 COVID-19 cases have been identified with 11 552 identified since the last report."
In addition to the latest number of infections, the Minister noted the latest fatalities:
"Regrettably, today we report 245 more COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 118, Gauteng 12, Kwa-Zulu Natal 57, Mpumalanga 3 and Western Cape 55 which brings the total to 26 521 deaths."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Minister Mkhize has questioned a statement made by Hancock over SA's link to the new strain of Covid-19.
The UK Health Minister recently commented in a press briefing that a second new strain of the virus has been detected in the country after first being discovered in SA.
Mkhize noted the comments but voiced concerns over the insinuation that SA was to blame:
"Our concern is that some of his utterances have created a perception that the variant in SA has been a major factor in the second wave in UK. This is not correct. There is evidence that the UK variant developed earlier than the South African variant."
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