Although there is an increase in Covid-19 infections, no stricter restrictions will be introduced now. The next wave will apparently hit South Africa in mid-December or early January.
Health Minister Joe Phaahla says the country is seeing an increase in Covid-19 infections, but health officials will not be moving to a stricter level at the moment.
Phaahla said in an interview with eNCA that the fourth Covid-19 wave is expected to hit South Africa in mid-December, perhaps early January.
He also said the fourth wave will apparently not be as bad as the three previous waves.
“The population has developed a natural immunity. The vaccination rate among adults will also provide protection.”
However, Phaahla said the government was still cautious about these predictions due to the potential impact of a new Covid-19 variant.
He said the government assured that there would be sufficient bed capacity and oxygen supply, but he said it was impossible to say where in the country it could hit first and to what extent. This made logistical preparations difficult.
Speaking on the issue of new restrictions, Phaahla said the health department wants to avoid introducing serious restrictions as much as possible.
“We want as much as we can in terms of social restrictions to avoid super-distribution, but without taking away too much of the freedoms of people socially and economically. We will therefore advise accordingly, ” he said.