Experts ‘closely monitor number of hospital beds’ as AS enters wave four


Midday Report host Mandy Wiener talks to infectious disease expert Professor François Venter about the fourth wave of Covid-19.

  • Professor Wits François Venter says health experts are closely monitoring hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 over the next two weeks
  • South Africa enters wave four with sustained rise in Covid-19 infections in seven provinces
  • Venter advises against implementing a strict lockdown or any other restriction, except for limiting indoor gatherings.

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Infectious disease specialist Prof François Venter said health experts would monitor hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 over the next two weeks to start analyzing the new wave of infections.

South Africa is entering a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections which coincided with the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Professor Venter says it would be premature to make predictions about the severity of the fourth wave before seeing data on hospital admissions and deaths which are typically two weeks behind new infections.

“I think it’s still too early to tell,” he told CapeTalk.

At the same time, he says the fourth wave is likely to follow a similar pattern to the third wave in terms of the development of infections in various provinces.

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The professor advised against another hard lockdown or any more severe Covid-19 restrictions.

He argues that the government should revise the rules on indoor gatherings.

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He says scientists cannot say for sure that the Omicron variant is more transmissible than the Delta variant at this point.

However, vaccinologist Professor Shabir Mahdi told CapeTalk that the Omicron Covid-19 variant appears to be spreading faster.

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Professor Venter urged people to get vaccinated, wear masks, practice hand hygiene, maintain social distancing and avoid indoor unventilated spaces.

“If you are vaccinated, don’t take anything for granted,” he warns.

It is extremely early and people need to be very careful when making predictions.

Prof Fran̤ois Venter, director of Ezintsha РWits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute

It is spreading very quickly in Gauteng, we see it moving around schools, workplaces, families very quickly … be it faster than the Delta variant that hit us in June / July more early this year, we’re not sure.

Prof Fran̤ois Venter, director of Ezintsha РWits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute

All scientists, epidemiologists, and public policy makers are watching hospital bed counts very closely starting next week, because that’s when we’re going to be testing the immunization program and our immune system. the previous wave.

Prof Fran̤ois Venter, director of Ezintsha РWits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute


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