Even as infections drop, SA’s hospital horror intensifies, say ...

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On the ground – how the third wave is playing out

Even as infections drop, SA’s hospital horror intensifies, say experts

ICU admissions are high, but scientists caution against premature analysis

Senior science reporter

The third wave seems to have reached its peak in most of SA, but the hospitalisation aftershock is catching many communities by surprise.

That’s because the flattening of the peak is always followed by the most recent infections turning into severe cases – some requiring ICU and some also resulting in death.

Analysing the third wave in the country, Dr Francois Venter, Ezintsha director at Wits health sciences, said: “The worst thing comes two weeks later and people don’t realise that.”..

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