President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is extremely concerned about a possible third wave of the coronavirus and is seeking ways of dealing with it. Medical experts say the third wave could become a reality in the entire country in the coming weeks.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the Free State is the only province that’s already experiencing the third wave, while Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West and the Western Cape are showing sustained increases in coronavirus infections.
The Northern Cape is experiencing a significant resurgence in cases.
Limpopo and the Eastern Cape are the only two provinces that are not yet at risk of the third wave.
President Ramaphosa was speaking after handing over title deeds to black farmers at Tafelkop in Groblersdal, Limpopo.
“We are worried about the third wave because the numbers are increasing, so we’re keeping a close eye on that and we’re working very hard, very, very hard indeed, to try and get those vaccines released. The vaccines are in place in South Africa. In Paris, we argued very strongly for Africa and other developing economies to be allowed to manufacture our own vaccines.”