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No need to panic about rising COVID cases yet

According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), most of these cases have been detected in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

FILE: Medical swabs to test for coronavirus. Image: Eyewitness News.

The presence of COVID-19 has not disappeared despite the lifting of the national state of disaster and the easing of regulations.

In the last 24-hour cycle, the country recorded a positivity rate of 16.8% after 4,230 new cases were detected.

According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), most of these cases have been detected in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.

The gradual increase in cases raised fears of an impending fifth wave.

Weekend Breakfast with Sara-Jayne King speaks with Foster Mohale of the Department of Health who says the department was gravely concerned about the rise the country has seen in the past week (scroll to listen).

We see this as a warning sign, especially for those who are unvaccinated and partially vaccinated because they need to do something to protect themselves.

Foster Mohale, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health

But, Mohale says there’s no need to panic just yet.

Because our experts are working with the NICD and monitoring the situation closely to establish the patterns of this progression.

Foster Mohale, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health

Mohale says that despite fewer people being infected compared to before, citizens are urged to continue practicing non-pharmaceutical interventions such as wearing a mask indoors and sanitizing hands.

We are still in the pandemic and this pandemic continues to claim lives and we cannot continue to lose lives, especially as long as there is protection and as long as we can try to protect ourselves with vaccines and other non-pharmaceutical interventions.

Foster Mohale, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health

We want to remind people that just because the state of disaster has been lifted doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. So let’s keep protecting ourselves by doing the right thing and keep respecting non-pharmaceutical interventions and if you feel you need to wear a mask, you can always keep wearing the mask.

Foster Mohale, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the provincial government will still put in place precautionary measures should infections and hospitalizations rise.

We actually have a level to activate when we see infections going above a certain rate and the effect that has on hospitalization, it could spread to different levels.

Foster Mohale, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health



No need to panic about rising COVID cases yet

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