By Daniel Itai, Johannesburg, South Africa
Prof. Helen Rees a medical researcher has warned that South Africa will likely experience a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
To date, the country has recorded 635 078 COVID-19 cases and 14 678 COVID-19 related fatalities with a recovery rate of more than 80 percent.
Although the cases are now on a downward trajectory Prof. Rees has advised residents of the country not to let their guard down.
“So we have gone through the first peak and we are going down. Now we have to wait for the second peak. The lockdown has really helped in containing the virus so people need to comply to
the COVID-19 measures. A lot of people are asymptomatic about 40 percent.
We should expect a second wave like we have seen in Europe in countries like Ireland and the United Kingdom.
However, an area of grave concern is on the figures of our death rate which might be a lot higher maybe three times than what is being estimated,” said Prof. Rees.
Regardless of having passed the first wave of COVID-19, South Africa is still the country with the most number of COVID-19 cases and related fatalities on the continent.
The manner in which the country is now conducting its COVID-19 tests has also been queried as it is different from the way it used to when the virus first hit the shores of the country which has now resulted in a significant reduction of the tests being conducted.