All eyes on the lab to see if Indian variant has landed in SA

Co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee (MAC) on Covid-19, Professor Koleka Mlisana, says they will know this week whether the B.1.617 variant, which has been responsible for thousands of deaths in India, is present in the country.

Mlisana said SA's leading scientists remain concerned about a possible third wave and highlighted that Gauteng could likely see the worst of the it.

Meanwhile acting vice chancellor of research and innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Mosa Moshabela, said government should consider stricter measures given the recent upward trend in positive cases.