Professor Alex van den Heever, health and social security systems specialist, warned that the approaching Easter period could cause a spike in cases.

With the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare workers in South Africa still in its early stages in South Africa, what do we need to do to cope with the arrival of the dreaded third wave of infections?

Professor Alex van den Heever, health and social security systems specialist, warned that the world is approaching the Easter period and that could cause a spike in cases.

Super spreader events are what drive the upward trajectory of the pandemic so we’re going to the Easter period and people are going to parties and they connect in indoor spaces. That’s what made the difference [during December lockdown], not going to shopping centres and restaurants.”

Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to level one lockdown, which allows for large gatherings of up to 250 people outdoors and a maximum of 100 indoors. Restrictions on alcohol sales have also been lifted.

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