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South Africa’s 3rd wave of Covid-19 infections is ending

23 July 2021 12:29 PM
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Mmamoloko Kubayi
Mandy Wiener
Eyewitness News
EWN
Mia Lindeque
midday report
Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Third wave

Mandy Wiener interviews Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque.
  • The number of new Covid-19 infections have peaked

  • 47 000 vaccine doses were lost to the nation in the KZN/Gauteng riots

  • The government is aiming for 300 000 vaccinations per day by the end of July


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South Africa’s third wave of Covid-19 infections has peaked.

"The overall number of cases has started to decline,” said acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on Friday.

“However, we are cautious and extremely worried because of the many gatherings that we saw during the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal may lead to another surge in numbers."

The minister said many of those arrested during the unrest had tested positive for the virus.

South Africa lost 47 000 vaccine doses in the looting, according to Kubayi.

Looters vandalised 120 pharmacies where vaccines were stored, but most public sector sites were not affected.

Mandy Wiener interviewed Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque (scroll up to listen).

We might see a spike… The people who looted obviously disregarded Covid-19 regulations…

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News

The aim is to jab 300 000 people per day by the end of this month… We could step it up to 420 000... They want to open it up for another group… possibly opening for the 18+ group with comorbidities…

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News



23 July 2021 12:29 PM
Tags:
Mmamoloko Kubayi
Mandy Wiener
Eyewitness News
EWN
Mia Lindeque
midday report
Covid-19 vaccine rollout
Third wave

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