Calls to vaccinate as SA approaches record highest Covid-19 positivity rates

Dr Owen Kaluwa of the World Health Organization has called on South Africans to vaccinate urgently as the country approaches a new record of Covid-19 positivity rates during the fifth wave.

talking with CityPressDr Kaluwa said the scientists “predicted this would happen around this time.”

That said, we still have a long way to go before we reach the peak of the delta variant, when hundreds of people die every day and hospital admissions have reached an average of 16,000 per day.

Fifth wave of Covid-19 in South Africa

Residents were asked to vaccinate

Kaluwa said the debate on whether or not we are in the fifth wave is not the focus. ” Instead, the new infections on the rise should cause people to get vaccinated.

“What is important now, given the growing number of infections, is that those who are not vaccinated do so urgently. This includes those who are partially vaccinated, “he said.

The positivity rate indicates how quickly the disease is spreading in the community, a vital indicator as many cases go undetected.

Covid-19 positivity rate in SA

On Saturday, South Africa’s positivity rate rose above 30% for the first time in nearly five months, mainly due to the release of two Omicron sublines.

Over 8,500 new cases were identified on Thursday (a positivity rate of 31.1% of those tested), followed by Sunday 5,486 new cases (positive rate of 25.3%).

It is the highest positivity rate since December, when 32,884 cases were recorded on 14 December (Positive rate of 34.9%.), and 26,976 on December 15 (32.2%).

Great death for Covid-19

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), 43 hospital admissions have been recorded in the past 24 hours, along with five deaths.

The total number of Covid-19-related deaths now stands at 100,523.

Despite the sharp increase in new cases, the government has not yet reintroduced the restrictions on the blockade.

New Omicron underlines

In April, SA scientists identified two sublines of omicron, BA.4 and BA.5. As for, the strains could reinfect those who already had the original strain.

Professor Tulio de Oliveira – The director of CERI (Center for Outbreak Response and Innovation and KRISP – said the latest statistics are a clear sign of the fifth wave.

“The positivity ratio is as high as in the previous four weeks,” he said. “Please be careful and don’t be filled that a new variant is needed to cause a new wave.”