The third wave of Covid-19 infections were officially declared to have ended during the past few weeks. The recent Covid-19 data supports this as new cases, positivity rate and hospital admission continue to fall.
On Friday, South Africa’s Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced that the reported new cases of Covid-19 in the country declined by 27%. This number is measured over a seven day period, as experts feel it gives a better picture than daily averages. In addition to this, Covid-19 related deaths are also down by 16%.
Hospitalisations also fell by 35%, while around 5 000 people remain in hospital and are being treated for Covid-19 related illnesses.
Phaahla said that while the statistics are good, the Department of Health would prefer zero. Currently, more than 2.92 million people in South Africa were reported to have contracted Covid-19. Of these infected people, more than 88 000 people have passed away from Covid-19 related illnesses.
Phaahla also revealed that more than 13.9 million people have received at least one jab of the Covid-19 vaccine. He explained that the country is getting closer to the 35% mark of the adult population being vaccinated. This as the country is aiming to achieve 70% vaccination by the beginning of December 2021.
The Health minister says that more than 1.5 million people have downloaded their Covid-19 vaccine certificates. This is just in over one week of the certificates being distributed. There have however been a few challenges with regard to people getting their certificates
Phaahla said, “we apologise for the inconvenience to those who had to try many times, especially those who had the pressure to use the certificate urgently. We are certain that the service will only get better as we improve daily.”
He said, “We have also re-sent more than 10 million text messages with vaccination codes in case they were not saved after vaccination.” He also urged people to save their vaccination codes which are sent to the individual's cell phone number once they have received a dose of vaccine.