The Western Cape is currently in the grips of the third Covid wave. While the Health Minister in the Western Cape has predicted a slower increase of Covid cases compared to the second wave, the average number of deaths recorded in the province is at 60 per day, reports IOL.
According to the Provincial Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete, this number is expected to make a sharp increase. The news was delivered during a presentation at Premier Alan Winde’s weekly digicon regarding the health platform and vaccine rollout strategy.
“We are accelerating towards a peak with increased hospitalisations. Deaths have also risen significantly in the last 10 days,” he said.
There are approximately 32 000 active Covid-19 cases in the Western Cape, 2 822 are currently in hospital, which is evenly split between the private and public sector, reports SABC News.
“Across the province, case numbers are continuing to increase. We are currently seeing an average of 2 335 new diagnoses each day. During the second wave’s peak, the figure was 3 060 cases per day
“Hospital admissions are increasing, with an average of 280 new admissions per day. Deaths have also increased now, with around 60 deaths each day,” Cloete said.
Meanwhile, the vaccination rollout plan is still underway with the Health Department announcing that South Africans aged 35 years and older are next in line to receive the COVID-19 jab, reports ENCA.