According to Senior Researcher at the CSIR, Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, the number of cases in fifth wave of coronavirus in South Africa has peaked at 33 percent of that of the fourth wave.
As a result of this, it appears that South Africa is exiting the fifth wave of the virus which was driven by the BA 4 and BA 5 sub variants of Omicron.
Dr Suliman’s tweet stated, “that hospitalisations were 35 percent of the fourth wave and reported deaths just 15 percent of the fourth wave. Well over 100 thousand people have died from COVID 19 in South Africa. The best way to protect yourself from coronavirus is to get vaccinated.”
In an effort to help, the government is offering an additional booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to people 50 years and older whose last vaccination was at least 120 days ago. The Health Department says in a statement that eligible people will be able to receive the additional booster dose from today.
It added that Pfizer jab has been shown to be safe and effective against the coronavirus.