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'We shouldn't panic, I think this wave is very likely going to be less severe'

2 December 2021 7:26 AM
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Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and professor of vaccinology at Wits Professor Shabir Madhi explains the fourth wave driven by the Omicron variant.

The Omicron variant is driving the rise of cases in South Africa and experts believe Gauteng province is already in the fourth wave of the pandemic.

In the last 24-hour cycle, the province recorded 6,168 positive cases.

Research is ongoing but scientists believe the vaccines will likely remain effective against severe disease caused by Omicron.

Bongani Bingwa speaks to the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and professor of vaccinology at the University of the Witwatersrand Professor Shabir Madhi about this.

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In Tshwane for example, we are already sitting at 50% (positivity rate). When the positivity rate is above 10% in two consecutive weeks then we could declare that we are in a wave. The case numbers in Gauteng are increasing exponentially.

Professor Shabir Madhi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences - Wits University

What is going to happen unfortunately with people that are unvaccinated particularly people above the age of 50 they are going to end up in the hospital and risking their lives.

Professor Shabir Madhi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences - Wits University

I think we shouldn't panic because I do think this particular wave is very likely going to be less severe than what we saw in the last three waves. The number of cases is going to exceed 40,000 cases and I wouldn't be surprised if it happens.

Professor Shabir Madhi, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences - Wits University

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2 December 2021 7:26 AM
Tags:
Gauteng
#Covid19
COVD-19
fourth wave
coronavirus fourth wave
Covid-19 Omicron variant
Omicron variant

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