South Africa is technically experiencing its third wave of COVID-19 infections, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has said.

“South Africa technically entered the 3rd wave today as the national 7-day moving average incidence (5959 cases) now exceeds the new wave threshold as defined by the Ministerial Advisory Committee”

the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)

The country recorded 9 149 new cases of the respiratory disease, which takes the total number of confirmed infections since the start of the global pandemic to 1 722 086. According to the NICD, the latest COVID-19 stats represent a 15.7% positivity testing rate.

The respiratory disease has claimed 100 more lives, taking the death toll to 57 410. The country’s recovery rate has dropped to 92.5 % – with the number of people who have managed to recuperate now standing at 1 593 059.

Gauteng once again accounted for the lion’s share of the new cases – 5 597, or 61%.

More restrictions needed amid the third wave

Health experts had already been advising for the implementation of tighter lockdown restrictions, as a way to alleviate the effects of the third wave of COVID-19 cases. Much of the emphasis was to not only apply the necessary preventative measures, but to also avoid gatherings.

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has called for more restrictions, especially on weekends.

“People tend to gather together over the weekends and have their parties while unfortunately not adhering to the measurements that we put in place. So we are fine with the curfew staying the same during the week,” Sama chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee said.

“Also, we need to make sure that at funerals, especially indoor facilities … you can have 100 or 200 people, or 50, but if you do not adhere to the regulations, it is not going to help us”

The South African