Health Secretary Joe Phaahla says Gauteng is past its fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.
Phaahla and a panel of health experts on Friday gave an update on the national immunization program and the government’s efforts to fight it the pandemic.
Phaahla said there had been a decline in new Covid-19 cases nationwide compared to the previous week.
“Gauteng has officially exited the fourth wave, which is the technical definition of a Wave.”
He urged South Africans to get vaccinated: “It’s all in our hands. We can get more of our social life back and get back to work. The door to normal life is vaccination. We can take the country out of the clutches of Covid-19.”
Michelle Groome, director of the Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), said it was Important Increasing immunizations among young people who do not vaccinate in large numbers.
According to Dr. NICD’s Waasila Jassat, the peak in deaths and hospitalizations in the fourth wave was lower than previous waves.
“Cases [in the fourth wave] peaked and declined at a higher rate than the Delta -Top value.”
Milani Wolmarans, project manager of the electronic vaccination record system, reported the total number of unvaccinated people hospitalized as of January 12 was 5,731, while the number of fully vaccinated people hospitalized was 1,774 . There were 321 partially vaccinated people in hospital.
Of the total number of unvaccinated people in hospital, 4,976 were in Covid-19 wards, 359 in ICU and 396 in ICU.