By Nosipho Radebe
The latest spike in COVID-19 infections in the country has been described as an important landmark. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced yesterday that the country officially entered a second wave of covid-19 infections.
The Eastern Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have been pointed out as being the key drivers of the latest wave. The Health Department recorded 6,709 new infections bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 828 598.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ Professor Adrian Puren says the country has been going through a series of phases finally reaching level one of the lockdown.
Professor Puren says a decrease in transmission was observed at level two and then transmissions began increasing again during level one. According to the Head of the Centre for HIV and STIs at the NICD it is likely there was less compliance with the non-pharmaceutical interventions.
He says provinces like the Western and Eastern Cape were recording an increase in infection numbers. The Professor says it isn’t unexpected that the country’s infection rate fell within statistic models for a second wave.
The country had hoped to avoid a second wave in corona virus transmissions with officials reminding citizens to continue following non-pharmaceutical interventions. Puren says there is still time to take steps to control transmission of the virus by sanitizing, social distancing and wearing masks.
Listen to Professor Adrian Puren below