SA officially enters third Covid-19 wave

As the continent’s worst-hit country registered 9 149 new cases.
Image: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

South Africa has entered its third wave of Covid-19 infections, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Thursday, as the continent’s worst-hit country registered 9 149 new cases.

The NICD said South Africa had exceeded the national 7-day moving average incidence of 5 959 cases as defined by the ministerial advisory committee (MAC). The MAC advisory reported the latest wave of cases had a 7-day moving average threshold that was 30% of the peak incidence of the previous wave, which reached around 10 000 infections driven by a new variant.

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“South Africa technically entered the third wave today,” the NICD said in a statement.

Africa has hit 5 million Covid-19 cases, with the southern Africa region the worst affected, accounting for 37% of total cases, according to a Reuters tally.

South Africa is the worst affected African country, with about 34% of the total cases and about 43% of all recorded deaths as it struggles to ramp up a vaccination drive.

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And Insurance shares and Banking shares are on a rise?
More death claims and more defaults.

All very unfortunate but that is reality.

A new variant has emerged right as we enter winter. So this thing is seasonal. Let’s be sensible with this now. No need to destroy the economy and people’s livelihoods further to deal with a manageable virus.

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