The first signs of a possible fourth wave of Covid-19 were discovered in Gauteng.
This says Prof. Bruce Mellado, member of the Provincial Covid-19 Advisory Committee.
Speaking to Jacaranda FM this week, Mellado said the province is preparing models for a potential fourth wave after the rapid surge in cases.
Of the 1,275 new Covid-19 cases recorded in the. In the past 24 hours, at least 80% of them are from Gauteng.
“It is obvious that the likelihood is high that these numbers are a reflection of a forthcoming fourth wave. I don’t want to say that there is no fourth wave. On the contrary, these could be the first signs of a fourth wave, “said Mellado.
He said the committee is analyzing the data to create more clarity.
” We are abstaining to proclaim the fourth wave because we are still collecting a lot of information and data that is important for the analysis of our real province. Once we have conclusive evidence that these statistics are signs of a fourth wave, we will certainly announce, “he said.
Mellado also said in 702 that the province is seeing a 300% increase in cases Compared to last week, which is much higher than expected.
He said a potential fourth wave was being prepared to prepare medical professionals and the government and policy makers such as hospital CEOs about the models Holidays to inform.
“We now really need to figure out where we will be in a few weeks based on what is the most accurate data we can use. Those numbers will be for policy makers on the spot to make preparations, “he said.
Last week, SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) chairman Prof. Helen Rees said the most worrying problem was not knowing or similar b the country will get a new variant after entering the fourth wave.
She said if there is no new variant, hopefully the fourth wave will not be as big and deadly as the third wave. < / p>
“One of the things that will drive the variant forward is the high infection rates and this is one of the main reasons we want people to be vaccinated,” she said.