The Western Cape has officially entered the fourth wave of COVID-19 as the infection rates have increased significantly compared to the previous wave.
According to the latest data provided by the Western Cape’s Department of Health, the current 7-day moving average of new daily cases increased to approximately 1600 cases per day and is expected to increase further.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalisations across private and public hospitals stands at 439, with a total of 45 persons admitted to ICU and high care.
Provincial Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo indicated that the Western Cape has adopted a 6-point action plan to ensure that we can respond to this fourth wave by using data and lessons from previous waves.
“We will use a trigger response to bring online the resources needed to care for every person who needs treatment. But we need to protect our healthcare system, especially so we do not have to deescalate other life-saving services.
“The best way to do this is to vaccinate because vaccinations prevent severe illness. It will keep you out of the hospital and out of ICU. Please act now, so that you get through this wave safely, Mbombo said.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde further mentioned that residents should remain calm and turn their anxiety into action.
“While it is always scary to hear we are facing another wave of COVID-19 cases. We can do this by following four steps: vaccinate as soon as possible, because vaccinations prevent severe illness,” Winde said.
Winde went on to say that residents can stay safe by getting vaccinating as vaccinations can prevent severe illness.
“Ensure you wear your mask, because the virus spreads in the air. Also, ensure good ventilation with lots of fresh air, and if you are meeting others, do it outside.
“This is much easier in our summer months. Together with the golden rules of good hygiene, including staying home when you feel sick, we can slow the spread and save lives and jobs in the Western Cape,” Winde reiterated.
Meanwhile, the Presidency confirmed late on Sunday evening that President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested positive for COVID-19. According to reports, Ramaphosa started feeling unwell after leaving the state memorial service in honour of former deputy president FW de Klerk in Cape Town. He is receiving treatment for mild symptoms.