Coronavirus: Government urged to prepare for SA second wave

Acting Councillor of Research and Innovation at the University of the KwaZulu-Natal Professor Mosa Moshabela says the South African government should prepare for the fourth wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) centre warned that the country could face the fourth wave towards the end of the year (2021).

It says vigilance is required as political parties embarked on campaigns ahead of the November 1 local government elections because mass gatherings could become coronavirus super spreader events.

The coronavirus test positivity rate has finally declined to 5% – the rate at which the spread of the virus is considered to be under control.

Dr Moshabela says the government cannot afford to become complacent.

Meanwhile, deaths attributed to COVID-19 have decreased significantly since the last reporting cycle.

51 people have died from COVID-related complications in the last 24 hours.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says 967 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest 24-hour reporting cycle.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 2,896,943.