South Africa Covid Cases Climb, Though Officials Say It’s Not a Third Wave

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 03: Health workers receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at George Mukhari Hospital on March 03, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo: Gallo Images/Lefty Shivambu)

(Bloomberg) --South Africa’s Department of Health said that while Covid-19 infections climbed 46% in the last week the country has not yet reached a “resurgence threshold.”

By Antony Sguazzin
May 12, 2021, 9:26 PM
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Cases are rising fastest in the Northern Cape and Gauteng provinces, the department said in a statement on Wednesday. While deaths rose 18% in the week the number of hospitalizations has not increased, it said.

“We have not yet hit the third wave however we are at risk,” the department said.

South Africa is the worst-affected nation on the continent by the coronavirus, with about 1.6 million infections and 55,000 deaths.


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  • Brian Cotter says:

    The Minister said for all intents and purposes we are in the third wave? Is the Minister ever going to reallocate any of the 150,000 excess deaths to Covid as the ratio 55:150 is unrealistic and going forward will all deaths have a covid test so there is no doubt that numbers can not be fudged.

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