The Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa is currently dealing with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our country
is facing a flood of positive cases and a major increase in patients who require medical attention and sadly, hospitalisation.
A few days ago, South Africa confirmed that a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was currently spreading throughout our country. All age groups are at risk
and the Department of Health has issued an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to shed more light on the current situation. Please read the FAQ document.
The DUT COVID-19 Response Team reminds you to please wear your mask, to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds,
to use a minimum of 70% alcohol-based hand sanitiser and to follow physical and social distancing guidelines.
You need to treat the situation as critical. Some hospital groups have suspended elective medical procedures and they have limited surgical admissions
in the country. Mediclinic has confirmed “that the number of patients seeking medical attention is exceeding that of the first wave and that the demand for intensive care and high care units had reached capacity.” This dramatic increase in positive
cases is having a negative effect on our national healthcare resources. So please, be responsible, be considerate and constantly follow the public health guidelines.
As we enter the festive season, remember that we are still dealing with a vicious pandemic. The new variant of the coronavirus (501.V2) has between
10 and 20 new mutations. This second wave of the pandemic is killing people. So please, protect yourself and your loved ones. We must work together to stop the spread.
Wear a mask, wash your hands, stay socially distant and save lives…
DUT COVID-19 Response Task Team