South Africa passes peak of third Covid-19 wave as it reviews lockdown restrictions on Sunday

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says that indications point to South Africa having passed the peak of a third Covid-19 wave.

Kubayi said in a media briefing on Friday morning (23 July), that while this is welcome news, there are still concerns that the recent unrest and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal could lead to a spike in infections.

It is hoped that a ramp-up of the country’s vaccination efforts will help address any future surges. Kubayi said South Africa is now vaccinating around 250,000 people daily, with plans to vaccinate 300,000 people each day in the next few weeks.

To bolster the vaccine rollout programme, the government will keep more public vaccination sites open over the weekend, with all public sites set to offer weekend vaccinations by August, the acting minister said.

The government is also expected to announce the next cohort of people who can register for the vaccine in the next week, with a focus on people aged 18 years and older.

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