According to the Western Cape’s Head of Health, the province’s COVID-19 cases, mortality and hospitalisation data shows that the virus is continuing to stabilise.

Dr Keith Cloete confirmed the Western Cape’s good standing in the fight against the pandemic during a briefing this week.

“The health platform response, by and large, has coped with the cases requiring admission during this initial surge. Significant capacity has been added in terms of infrastructure and equipment for high-flow nasal oxygen, and oxygen consumption has been managed,” Cloete said during the briefing which focused on the province’s public health capacity.

Cloete says that health services have also been up-scaled from the first week of August. Efforts will be focused on containment over the next two years with a review process instated to ensure the plan to deal with the virus is informed.

“We will conduct a formal review and reflection process to develop a coherent plan for the next one or two years, based on our collective learnings,” he added.

During the briefing, many raised concerns on whether the country and the province were in for a second wave of the virus.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo gave little reassurance in response to this, saying that no one can say for sure what will happen but South Africa had definitely at the very least passed its peak in infections.

For the rest of the year, residents will need to aid those in the medical industry by doing all they can individually to stop the spread.

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