File: A health worker processes COVID-19 lateral flow tests. AFP/Adrian Dennis
JOHANNESBURG - Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says tougher action is needed to curb the spread of the Delta variant.
Kubayi-Mmaoloko announced on Saturday that the variant first identified in India is what is contributing to the high number of new Covid-19 infections in South Africa.
Health experts say the Delta variant is much more transmissible than other variants and can reinfect people who have been sick from the previous variants.
"If we want to the reduce the number of cases, if we want to reduce the transmission rates, we are going to need to make sure that we actually get onto hard restrictions, tighter restrictions because what actually increases transmissions is from person to person," she said.
"It is going to mean that we need to be very decisive and go to an extent of saying, how do we the restrict movement of persons and how actually do we do that and that needs to be done very urgently."
Kubayi-Ngubane is calling on South Africans to behave responsibly during the third Covid-19 wave.