The Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi has confirmed that South Africa has successfully passed the peak of the third wave.
While this is good news, Kubayi fears that the country could be faced with another peak of infections. This follows recent incidents of unrest in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.
“We’re cautious and extremely worried because the many gatherings that we saw during the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal may lead to another surge in numbers,” said Kubayi.
“We’re worried that some may stay away because in the contact tracing, people are expected to give indications where they have been and because of fear of arrest they are likely to stay away.”
She said the Department of Health will continue to keep a close eye on communities affected by the unrest. Kubayi has encouraged those affected by the unrest to visit a healthcare facility near them to get tested.
The latest number of deaths recorded from the looting incidents now stands at 337. This was confirmed by the Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.
These deaths were recorded in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal after some people died after succumbing to their injuries.
“The SA Police Service has revised the total number of deaths in Gauteng to 79 and KwaZulu-Natal to 258, as related to the unrest. The revision of the records happens when those who were injured ultimately succumb to their injuries.
“Of the reported deaths in Gauteng to date, 42 cases of murder have been opened and 37 inquest dockets have been opened. In KZN, 171 cases of murder have been opened and 87 inquest dockets have been opened."
Ntshavheni said at the moment, no new looting incidents have been recorded in the country, marking the end of the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.