Eleven cases of B.1.1.7 have been confirmed, with eight cases in the Western Cape, two cases in Gauteng and one case in KwaZulu-Natal. The Acting Executive Director, Prof Adrian Puren of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases says that minimising the spread of the disease and possibly curtailing a resurgence through compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions cannot be emphasised enough. He says many are suffering from COVID-19 fatigue, and becoming lax in exercising preventative measures. But for the sake of your loved ones, wash or sanitise your hands, wear your masks and maintain a physical distance of 1.5 m from others. Also remember to hold gatherings outdoors, or in well-ventilated areas.
Another variant that is currently dominating COVID-19 infections in Europe and North America, B.1.1.7 has also been detected in South Africa.