Head of the Western Cape Department of Health, Dr Keith Cloete, said that the COVID-19 test positivity ratio in the province has dropped to 40%, in a briefing on January 12.

The ratio reached a peaked at 50% in recent weeks, according to SABC News Western Cape.

“The test positivity rate (and that’s the proportion of the tests that we send to the laboratory, how many of them are positive), that is showing a very promising decline,” he said. ” So that’s normally a very early sign that you stabilised and you’re starting to come off a peak.”

However, he added that medical facilities do remain under pressure and that “it’s extremely difficult for anyone to get into a public or private hospital at present.”

The Western Cape has recorded over 240 000 total positive cases thus far.

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Anita Froneman