South Africa is almost there, says Prof. Schoub

By Rudolph Nkgadima 59m ago

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CAPE TOWN – Only Gauteng, the Free State and the North Cape have entered the third wave of the pandemic, but Professor Barry Schoub, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Vaccines, says we are almost there nationally.

South Africa has seen a worrying upward trend in positive Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Gauteng, which entered a third wave more than a week ago, had the highest number of new infections at 1 107, followed by the North Cape at 419.

Almost 3,000 new cases have been registered in the country in the past 24 hours, representing a positivity rate of 9.9 percent.

Graphic: National Institute for Communicable Diseases

Schoub said, “There are a number of ways that a third wave is defined. Once the positive percentage hits over 10 percent, this is one way of determining this. We consider the percentage increase of over 30 percent compared to the previous wave.

“Some provinces are in the third wave. In Gauteng, the metrics seem to suggest that we are in a third wave. Other provinces like the North Cape and the Free State are definitely in the third wave. Nationally we’re almost there. “

Data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) shows that KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northwest and the Western Cape have seen sustained increases in recent weeks.

“North Cape is the only province that never left the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The province recently saw its daily infection rate rise by 68% over a seven-day reporting period, the highest in the country,” she told Professor Adrian Puren, the Acting Executive Director of the NICD.

In South Africa, the total number of Covid-19 infections is currently 1,635,465 and more than 55,000 people have died since the pandemic began.

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