Easter and the third wave

Maybe think of stocking up on alcohol, 🍾 in case we see a change to our lockdown level ahead of Easter. The religious holiday won’t be cancelled (as far as we know), but the celebrations might be muted. This comes as the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) advised the National Coronavirus Command Council to impose new restrictions ahead of the religious holiday, News24 reported. The recommendation is to move to Level 2, limit gatherings to 50, limit alcohol sales and impose a curfew from 22:00, again. 😶

Epidemiologist and co-chair of the MAC, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, told TimesLive that he was “deeply concerned” about gatherings across all religious groups. He said that moving South Africa to Alert Level 2 might prevent superspreader events that could drive the third wave, something that scientists have already warned us about. Do your best to flatten the curve. After all, tempting as it is to go out and celebrate with family, given our delayed vaccine roll-out, many of our health workers will still be unprotected when the third wave hits.