- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize shares daily updates on the number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa and other statistics
- Over the past week there has been a visible jump in the number of newly-recorded cases in the country
- South Africans have taken to social media to share their thoughts about a possible early third wave
The number of Covid-19 cases in the country is on a steady incline. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize releases daily updates of the number of new cases and deaths as well as the total combined numbers since the virus made it's way to SA.
On Monday, 15 March, the number of new Covid-19 cases was 613. On Thursday, 18 March, the number of new cases in the last 24 hours was reported as 1 464. The total number of vaccines administered is sitting at 177 275.
This means there was a jump of over 800 cases from Monday's report to Thursday's report.
Take a look at Mkhize's tweet from 15 March below:
Below is the tweet from Thursday, 18 March:
Read some of the responses to Monday's tweet below:
"Minister please these numbers are under-reported based on the current test this is low. Can you please start with honest results? The 3rd wave peakk is to be around 12 April."
"What are the plans to accelerate the vaccine rollout?? We need to start going much faster now surely??"
"The numbers will be high by the end of the week."
Take a look at some of the responses to Thursday's post below:
"The numbers are on the increase Khabazela."
"The numbers going up again?"
@CrazeeFistaz also asked:
"Why is it rising???"
In other coronavirus-related news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) approving the emergency use of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Sahpra said in a statement that the approval was subject to efficacy and safety surveillance.
The country has ordered around 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine but the date of arrival has not yet been confirmed. Reports say that SA is the country that has been impacted the most by Covid-19 in Africa.
South Africa has the highest Covid-19 recorded cases and deaths due to the second wave, which was driven by the 501Y.V2 variant, dubbed the 'South African variant'.
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