Health officials in the Western Cape have issued a stern warning regarding the increase in COVID-19 hospitalisations after more than 3,000 people were admitted as the province goes through the third wave of infections.
According to the province’s head of health Dr Keith Cloete, although infections are yet to take off in the Western Cape the health service capacity is currently under immense pressure, EWN reports. Cloete indicated during an online briefing on COVID-19 on Thursday, July 29, that the province is operating at 110% critical care, which indicates that there is limited capacity for anyone who was critically ill.
Meanwhile, the province also reported 36 156 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number 397 162 confirmed cases and 346 097 recoveries as of Thursday.
1/2 Update on the coronavirus and vaccines
As at 1pm on 29 July 2021, the Western Cape had 36 156 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number 397 162 COVID-19 cases to date and 346 097 recoveries.
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) July 29, 2021
Here’s a breakdown:
- Total number of COVID-19 cases to date 397 162
- Total recoveries 346 097
- Total deaths 14 909
- Total active cases (currently infected patients) 36 156
- Tests conducted 2 009 987
- Hospitalisations 3443 of which 724 are in high care or ICU