In the coming weeks the government is expected to announce South Africa's updated lockdown level. After moving to an adjusted level 2 lockdown on 13 September, Professional services firm PWC said it expects the country to move to level 1 lockdown as soon as the start of October.
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has officially declared the third wave of corona infections in South Africa over. According to the institute, sustained decreases have been seen in all provinces. The national seven day moving average of daily cases, positivity rate and testing rates have been decreasing.
Joe Phaahla ( Health Minister) said that government is taking into consideration, the idea of further easing lockdown restrictions. However despite this positive news, with the November elections coming up and the year end holiday season approaching a fourth wave is possible.
Shabir Madhi ( Wits university vaccinology professor), believes that November elections will bring about many superspreader events which will be very risky. He says the blow could be lessened by increased community immunity and vaccination rollout.
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