The Western Cape continues to bear the brunt of the majority of new Covid-19 infections after recording a total of 1 967 new cases out of 6 787 on Monday, August 9.
KwaZulu-Natal recorded 1 442 new cases (21%), while Gauteng continued to see some relief with 1 039 new cases (15%).
The Health Department outlined the country’s statistics, and stated that: “Today [Monday], 199 deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of Covid-19-related deaths to 75 012. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 2 308 054, with a recovery rate of 90.9%.”
#COVID19 UPDATE: A total of 31,242 tests were conducted in the last 24 hrs, with 6,787 new cases, which represents a 21.7% positivity rate. A further 199 #COVID19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 75,012 to date. Read more: https://t.co/JhnkJ4wYO9 pic.twitter.com/pPPIt4uQMo
— NICD (@nicd_sa) August 9, 2021
Even though the Western Cape is waiting for its third wave to start trending downward, the province’s Premier, Alan Winde has still urged the public to continue practising the life-saving behaviours that we have learnt throughout the pandemic such as wearing a mask and avoiding crowds.
This comes after he indicated during a digital press conference on Thursday, August 5, that the province is officially at the peak of the third wave and that people should be vigilant now more than ever.
Winde reiterated that although the Western Cape’s healthcare system might be under immense pressure, it’s coping with demands as the province planned in advance for the third wave of infections.
“We must think of them, and how they have helped us all over the last year and a half, and honour them by staying safe and protecting our healthcare system,” he added.