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Coronavirus Cases in South Africa Rise ahead of Expected Fourth Wave

Coronavirus cases in South Africa are on the rise ahead of an expected fourth wave. The country has recorded 1,886 new virus cases and 22 coronavirus deaths since Saturday.

Health Secretary Joe Phaahla urged more people to get vaccinated.

“We knew it was a matter of time before the fourth wave hit,” he said during an interview with ENCA television.

Mr. Phaahla says vaccine adoption has been going down in recent days.

The government says it has no plans to enforce a strict lockdown during the wave.

There is optimism that it will be less devastating than the other waves, but the government is wary of  new variations.

The fourth wave is set to begin next month through January.