Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
4 May 2021
5:00 am

SA at risk of Covid-19 disaster similar to that of India – experts

Sipho Mabena

'Denial is Covid-19’s best friend. The virus invades an area in a stealthy manner and by the time the first cases appear, it is too late to stop the spread.'

A health worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) attends to a Covid-19 coronavirus patient inside a banquet hall temporarily converted into a covid care centre in New Delhi on April 29, 2021. (Photo by TAUSEEF MUSTAFA / AFP)

At the current rate, SA is at risk of going down India’s Covid-19 deadly route, with experts saying SA has all the hallmarks of large gatherings, more variants and poor preparation. This in the backdrop of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) Covid-19 modelling consortium warning of a third wave in the report update released yesterday. The update shows that SA is likely to experience a third wave that peaks below the second, provided there are no new variants, with new cases cresting two to three months after transmission begins to increase. ALSO READ: Next few weeks will see...