Dr. Mkhize has issued a warning for provincial departments to prepare for a rise in Covid cases in the coming weeks as the country is hit by a third wave of Covid-19 infections.
In a note sent on Wednesday (12 May), Dr. Mkhize said that while the technical definitions have not officially been met, the steep rise in infections means that the country is now experiencing the start of the third Covid-19 wave.
He added that South Africa’s Covid-19 numbers will no longer go down unless it starts intensive containment measures.
The Department of Health warned that Covid-19 infections climbed 46% in the last week, adding that some areas are “fast approaching” a resurgence threshold, although the country as a whole has not yet reached that stage.
The warning comes after Mkhize reported 2 759 cases over the past. 24 hour period.