Health Minister Joe Phaahla says there is light at the end of the tunnel, for South Africa, in its fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
Phaahla says even though the third wave of the pandemic – now at close to 120 days – has been the longest wave thus far, it is starting to show a decline.
The Minster says the first wave lasted for an estimated 80 days, while the second wave lasted for around 90 days.
Read the minister’s full statement here.
- 17-million South Africans need to be vaccinated by December to reach herd immunity.
- Western Cape needs to vaccinate a further 3-million residents to achieve 70% herd immunity target.
- More than 66% of Western Cape pensioners vaccinated against Covid-19.
A s of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 2 882 630 with 2 281 new cases reported. Today 58 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 86 174 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 732 363 with a recovery rate of 94,8% pic.twitter.com/iQqBYM1n05
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) September 19, 2021
Minister Phaahla will be joined by the Free State Premier, Ms Sisi Ntombela and MEC for Health, Ms Montseng Tsiu on a site visit and walk-about at vaccination sites around the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality https://t.co/Vp4dqWPhWa
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) September 16, 2021