He spoke to ENCA and says all systems are in place to deal with the expected 5th wave.
Cloete says the sudden increase in Covid-19 infections, recorded in the past few days, should not be a cause for alarm.
This past weekend, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the country’s test-positivity rate reached the 22% mark, with Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape recording the majority of new infections.
Cloete says newer versions of the Omicron variant are responsible for this surge in new infections.
Read more here.
- Transitional regulations, in place for the next 30 days, can be challenged in court.
- Covid-19 pandemic had a severe negative impact on the mental health of adolescent girls and young women.
- South Africans who suffered adverse reactions after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine can claim financial compensation.
1/4 The @WesternCapeGov has submitted its comments on the four sets of Draft Regulations to the National Department of Health. The WC Cabinet accordingly agreed that the Draft Health Regulations as published are NOT supported
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) April 14, 2022
I welcome the announcement by the President that the National Disaster will finally end. This is a long-overdue announcement which will help us in the fight against the 2nd pandemic of joblessness.
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) April 4, 2022
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says if the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is worse than expected, the national state of disaster could be reinstated.
The next wave is expected in May, or June this year.
Dlamini-Zuma says the health department will then give advice on whether the state of disaster should be reactivated.
She says this will happen if infection rates are high and the country’s hospitals start filling up.
Watch the full briefing here.
- The End to the State of Disaster: The pandemic will be managed through the Health Act instead.
- Millions of Covid-19 vaccines likely to be destroyed as vaccine uptake wanes.
- South Africa moving into post-State of Disaster response mode.
The lifting of the state of disaster does not automatically mean that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. We must remain cautious and vigilant because we have learnt that this virus is unpredictable and the situation can change rapidly. #COVID19 #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/1MUA4jBwUw
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) April 6, 2022