Covid-19 Third Wave: South Africa goes on lockdown

The first Covid-19 wave took 15 weeks to combat and about 9 weeks when the second wave hit, and now with the third there’s no speculations on how long this surge would be successfully combated.

What authorities are saying is that the peak of the third wave strengthened by the Delta variant first identified in India will most likely surpass that of earlier waves as the country struggles to quickly roll out vaccinations.

HOW S/AFRICA IS HANDLING THE NEW COVID-19 THREAT

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s President has announced a two-week lockdown on Sunday in order for the government to look carefully into the situation at hand.

South Africa happens to be the country greatly plagued by the disease in Africa since it was declared a pandemic with footprints all the way from Asia. 

The country “is facing a massive resurgence of infection,” Ramaphosa reported via television. 

As a result, the lockdown restriction was reimposed. Although, it isn’t a full lockdown. Funeral gatherings were permitted for people to mourn the dead. But numbers shouldn’t exceed 50 persons. Sales of alcohol which bring people together like flies have also been suspended for now. Eateries and restaurants will operate by delivery and selling take-aways only.

Currently, ICU beds are in short supply and health facilities are stretched to the limit.

By Friday, all schools will be closed and as it is now curfew at night has been extended by an hour — 9PM to 4AM.

“We are in the grip of a devastating wave that by all indications seems like it will be worse than those that preceded it,” Ramaphosa said.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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