Four territories in nine of these countries, including Gauteng with Johannesburg and Pretoria, already have a third epidemic.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa is stepping up its efforts to fight COVID-19 for fear that the country will soon be hit by the third plague.
Four out of nine parts of the country, including Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria and have a larger population, already have a third-rate outbreak, Ramaphosa said on Sunday.
“It would be only a matter of time before the whole world would enter into the third phase,” he said.
South Africa is the country most affected by the contract with more than 1.65 million cases and 56,363 people.
“The number of diseases is starting to rise sharply in several parts of the country,” the President said as hospital admissions went up again.
“Reducing the spread of the virus is especially important now to allow as many people as possible to get vaccinated before the third vaccine reaches its peak,” he added.
The country filed 4,515 new cases in the last 24 hours and Ramaphosa says the “amount of information” on the tests conducted now is “out of concern”.
Restrictions, starting Monday, will force unwanted places such as restaurants, bars and gymnasiums to close at 10pm local time (20:00 GMT) as arrival time will be extended to one hour from 11pm to 4am.
Meetings, including political and religious events, will be limited to 250 people outside and 100 inside.
Authorities have not stopped issuing strict rules, such as restricting traffic during the day and banning the sale of alcohol and tobacco, which is sometimes the case last year.
South Africa has been experiencing an increase in the first two outbreaks, the first between last year and the second, the worst typhoons in December and January as a multi-ethnic outbreak pushed the disease with more deadly deaths than the first outbreak.
The virus currently follows the same “trend” as the waves, Ramaphosa said.
Experts have warned that this wave, which arrives in the South in the winter, could be extremely severe.
The increase in cases is also contributing to the resurgence of vaccines in South Africa. About 1.5 percent of the country’s 60 million people have been vaccinated.
The government, which is threatening to fail to buy vaccines in a timely manner, will pay 40 million South African 59 million people – or enough to protect their livestock.
Ramaphosa has repeatedly criticized the “racist vaccine” with rich countries that buy too many vaccines.
“As an African contractor we are working hard to improve our vaccination capacity with the aim of becoming more self-sufficient in vaccination,” he said.
South Africa and India are struggling to secure patent rights for the coronavirus vaccine to help each country develop its own products.
The G7 summit will discuss the issue at a conference in the United Kingdom next month.