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As a country, we might just be over the worst of the third wave, but that’s no reason to relax. That’s the message conveyed by health authorities and officials as they warn that the fourth COVID-19 wave may hit South Africa by November.

At a recent press conference, newly appointed Health Minister Joe Phaala said that the third wave is dragging on for much longer than anyone expected it to. There is a big concern that the third wave might be over yet when the fourth wave hits us. A possible overlap could create chaos for hospitals and health workers.

EWN reports that there had been a massive turnout at vaccine sites in the last few days, with over 11,6 million shots administered in the country so far.

"The third wave is dragging at a high level. Sometimes it looks as if there is going to be a steep decrease and then it rises again. in the absence of new variants, what this means is that many of us are not observing the prescribed precautions," Phaala said.

Watch the EWN video below for more on Phaala’s thoughts on the COVID-19 third and fourth waves.

Image credit: Bhekisisa

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