In 24 hours, 6 000 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, says Dr Zweli Mkhize. This has been the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
The fact that the number of COVID-19 infections increased by 6 000 in one day, shows that the country has officially entered into the second wave of the current pandemic. Which has been confirmed by scientists and modelling teams.
Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Nata have had the most COVID-19 cases and have been the key components to the new wave.
The country has recorded a total of 828 598 COVID-19 cases. The Western Cape has contributed 30% of the new cases, Eastern Cape accounted for 24%, KwaZulu-Natal recorded 23%, and 17% from Gauteng.
The Health Minister has encourage all MECs to prepare their provinces for the second wave and the restrictions that may come with it.
"The key issues that we have raised are that the provinces need to ensure that testing turnaround times are as quick as possible to facilitate patient flow, assess bed capacity including recalling field hospital beds, attend to staffing and equipment needs urgently and to tighten up monitoring and evaluation and reporting to national department," says Mkhize.
Festive season is known for parties and large gatherings, however with the current pandemic all South Africans are urged to practice social distancing, isolate when ill and to always wear masks when in public.