The South African Medical Association says the second wave of COVID-19 should be expected. While the association has welcomed the easing of the lockdown, it is warning that the fight against the coronavirus is far from over.
“I think what is extremely important for people to understand is that we will see a pattern of waves where you will get a decline, as we are seeing now but you will get a second curve,” said chairperson of the association, Dr Angelique Coetzee.
Coetzee says the second wave is expected to take place within the next 8-12 weeks.
“People are now going to start to relax and that is when the trouble is going to start. Unfortunately, we have to go down to Level 2, we do not have a choice and it is important for people to understand that Level 5 was more for the medical side to get their house in order,” she added.
The country has been under lockdown since 27 March.
The COVID-19 death toll in South Africa is 11,839.
According to the Health Department, 8 out of every 10 people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.
The recoveries are now at 472,377, translating to a recovery rate of 80%.
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