Carine Hartman
Chief sub-editor
2 minute read
8 Jan 2022
5:00 am

Get ready for a spike in Covid waves

Carine Hartman

The light at the boom to my shopping centre stays red and the spikes are still firmly staring at my tyres.

A general view taken on January 1, 2022 shows thousands of New Year's day revellers and holidaymakers gathering on the North Pier Beach during New Year festivities in Durban after the government lifted a COVID-19 restriction by removing the midnight to 4am curfew. (Photo by Rajesh JANTILAL / AFP)

The fourth wave and spikes just don’t work for me. So I try a fifth wave but the light at the boom to my shopping centre stays red and the spikes are still firmly staring at my tyres. “Try the royal wave,” my friend says. I try – six times my cupped hand stiffly waves at the sensor. No dice. The boom stays put. “Lean out and stretch.” My friend is getting grumpy. So I’m hanging out the window, pulling my arm out its socket and wave. And wave. And wave. Nothing but a red light. The man behind me...