South Africa has identified 8,015 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) announced.
This brings the total number of laboratory confirmed cases to 78,349.
The country has also reported nine new deaths in the past 24 to 48 hours. The cumulative deaths from Covid-19 are 100,753 to date.
Fifth wave of Covid-19 in SA
The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa has urged leaders in the SADC region to strengthen their response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as infections increase dramatically.
On Thursday, National Health Minister Joe Phaahla confirmed that South Africa has entered the fifth wave, with lineage-led infections from Omicron BA.4 and BA.5.
The fifth wave could resemble the previous one in size and severity, according to health experts.
“Since the beginning of April, South Africa alone has recorded more than 1,300 cases of the Omicron BA.2 sub-variant and over 700 cases of the BA.4 sub-variant,” said the WHO Africa Regional Director. Abdou Salam Gueye.
The African continent recorded 52,878 cases of Covid-19 in the week ending May 8, which represents a 38% increase from the week before, reports Power FM.
“This is largely due to a peak in southern Africa, which accounted for 87 percent of the continent’s registered cases, interrupting a two-month drop in registered infections,” Gueye said.
The fifth wave of infections comes amid relaxed health and social measures that were implemented at the start of the pandemic.
Health officials are urging South Africans to receive their jabs and boosters to prevent high transmission rates.
Additional reporting by Narissa Subramoney
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