South Africa faces a possible fifth wave of Covid-19 following a surge in infections.

4,230 tests came back positive over the last 24-hours of recording period.

This increase represents a 16.8% positivity rate.

Professor Mosa Moshabela from Kwazulu Natal said it is not clear yet whether the currently dominating Omicron variant BA2 is being replaced by a different subvariant.

He said: “We are beginning to see the start of the Fifth Wave. So for that reason, we can expect that a lot of people are going to be infected. Some people will end up in hospital hopefully it will be at least small number as we saw in November, December, January”.

The Health Department said it was closely monitoring the rapid increase of COVID-19 infections and would inform the public if the situation became alarming.