Alert level 3 to continue as third wave refuses to decline, says Phaahla

20 August 2021 - 07:56 By Dave Chambers
Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla says alert level 3 of the lockdown will continue. File photo
Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla says alert level 3 of the lockdown will continue. File photo
Image: Freddy Mavunda

Alert level 3 of the lockdown will continue, health minister Joe Phaahla said on Friday.

Briefing the media about the Covid-19 pandemic, Phaahla said the national coronavirus command council and cabinet had made the decision due to the third wave of the local outbreak remaining “stubbornly in our midst”.

The number of new infections has increased by 18.2% over the past seven days, Phaahla said, with the resurgence being driven by the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.

Announcing the continuation of alert level 3, Phaahla said: “We remain hopeful that ... we can start to see a decisive flattening of the curve in the next two weeks.”

He said he was encouraged that hospital admissions over the past seven days had declined by 5.4%.

On Thursday, the number of vaccination doses administered passed 10-million, and Phaahla said more than half of the key over-60 age group have received at least one dose.

“The total population fully vaccinated now stands at 4.62-million people. This is 12% of the adult population,” said Phaahla. “The total people with at least one jab of Pfizer is 8.8-million, 20% of the adult population.”

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