Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has announced that Gauteng is on high-alert as the third wave of COVID-19 hits.
The province currently has 6,712 active cases, with the Department of Health reporting over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases.
While other parts of the country are also seeing an increase in new infections, Gauteng currently holds the title for the highest number of active cases.
The Premier has called for an increase in restrictions in Gauteng.
“The number of people getting infected is too high. The situation is not normal and requires us to respond effectively.”
From Monday, we are vaccinating the elderly and will be in a township in the West Rand to monitor the vaccination of the elderly. We need to make a concerted effort to provide support to districts that need government support. Let us all stay safe and avoid large gatherings.
— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) May 14, 2021
The Premier said that despite seeing over 1000 positive COVID-19 cases a day, we cannot afford to clamp down the economy and risk another economic shutdown. He is however calling for an increase in safety measures.
The death toll from COVID-19 in South Africa currently stands at 55, 012 with the country’s recovery rate at 94.7%.
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