South Africa has now officially entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was declared on 9 December 2020 by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize who says scientists and modelling teams have found that the current infection rates meet that criteria. The minister says the Western Cape (30%), Eastern Cape (24%), KwaZulu-Natal (23%) and Gauteng (17%) provinces are the key drivers of this new wave.
Minister Mkhize says the numbers are increasing at an alarming rate. In 24 hours, South Africa has breached the six thousand mark of new infections, with a total of 6, 709. Looking at the rapidly growing trend of new infections in Gauteng and KZN, the department of health predicts that infections will peak higher than the first wave of infections.
Minister Mkhize also reports that the current trend of infections show that young people, aged 15 to 19, are not adhering to COVID-19 health protocols. The lack of mask wearing, hand washing and sanitising and social distancing by this age group is also creating a trend of super-spreader events.
COVID-19 second wave in South Africa and tourism
Speaking in Eshowe while on a two-day visit to promote the tourism sector, Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, says there are some events that she believes should not take place this year as the country continues to fight this pandemic.
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane says South Africans should consider going without having any New Year’s Eve beach festivals this year. The ministers comments come as the National Coronavirus Command Council is set to hold a meeting today to discuss measures that need to come into place.
Kubayi-Ngubane says this festive season there will be zero-tolerance for non-compliance to safety protocols.