South Africa is experiencing a fourth wave of COVID-19, says Joe Phaahla


Posted on 03 December 2021


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According to Health Minister Joe Phaahla, South Africa is experiencing a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron strain, which has been found in seven of the country's nine provinces. Omicron, which has sparked global fears of an outbreak, was first discovered in southern Africa last month, prompting governments throughout the globe to enact travel restrictions and other measures to combat it. At a press conference, Phaahla expressed hope that the strain could be managed without causing too many deaths. He advised South Africans to get fully vaccinated, saying the country will be able to handle the fourth wave without imposing tougher lockdown restrictions.


Key Points


  • According to Health Minister Joe Phaahla, South Africa is experiencing a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron strain, which has been found in seven of the country's nine provinces.

  • Phaahla expressed hope that the strain could be managed without causing too many deaths.