South Africa could drop some of its COVID restrictions (such as outdoor masking) but jabs and masks indoors are crucial. (GCIS)
  • How long are the gaps between the end of one COVID wave and the start of another? In South Africa, it’s been about three months consistently, says epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim.
  • That means South Africa’s fifth wave of infections could land by the end of April. It will not, however, be driven by the Omicron or Delta variants of the virus.
  • While South Africa could drop some of its COVID restrictions (such as outdoor masking) jabs and masks indoors are crucial, he tells Mia Malan in this podcast.

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Mia Malan is Bhekisisa's editor-in-chief and executive director. Under her leadership, Bhekisisa’s online readership increased 30 fold and its donor funding eightfold between 2013 and 2019. Malan has won more than 20 African journalism awards for her work and is a former fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.