WORLD S. Africa gov't warns of 3rd wave COVID-19 infections


S. Africa gov't warns of 3rd wave COVID-19 infections


11:29, May 28, 2021

JOHANNESBURG, May 27 (Xinhua) -- The South African government on Thursday warned of an impending third wave of COVID-19 infections, calling on citizens to stick to guidelines and receive vaccines.

SAVF Evanna Tehuis old age home manager Theresa Swart (C) explains to elderly guests of the retirement home how the Pfizer vaccine works during a vaccination run near Klerksdorp, on May 19, 2021. (File photo: AFP)

A new wave has already struck central provinces of Gauteng and the Free State, said Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, acting minister in the Presidency.

The cabinet "further reminded all South Africans of the imminent third wave and reiterated the importance of preventing the transmission of COVID-19 by strictly adhering to the non-pharmaceutical interventions," she said while briefing the press a day after a cabinet meeting.

By Thursday, 828,204 people in the country have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, 348,436 of whom were vaccinated in the second phase of rollout launched Monday, the Department of Health tweeted.

The cabinet urged more eligible people for vaccination to get vaccinated. "All vaccination sites across the country are ready to assist those who have been allocated a vaccination slot," Ntshavheni said.

South Africa has registered a total of 1,649,977 cases, with 4,424 new cases reported Thursday, said the health ministry.

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