Out of a population of 60 million‚ South Africa had total cases at 1‚46 million with 1‚31 million having recovered while 44‚400 people have died as of February 2. Australia‚ in sharp contrast‚ have had just 909 deaths‚ 25 486 recoveries‚ with 28 818 total number of cases out of a population of just over 25 million people.
A charter flight carrying the Australia cricket team was expected to land in Johannesburg or Cape Town for a three-match Test series in March and April.
However‚ South Africa's Covid-19 second wave has now alarmed the Australians.
“This decision has not been made lightly and we are extremely disappointed‚ especially given the importance of continuing international cricket at this time‚ our valued relationships with CSA‚ and our aspirations to compete in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.
“However‚ we have been consistent since the start of the pandemic that the health and safety of our people is always our number one priority and unfortunately‚ despite best efforts to a bio-security plan‚ the risks are simply too great at this time‚” said Hockley.