Monday, January 31, 2022

Western Cape exits fourth wave of COVID-19 infections

The Western Cape has officially exited the 4th wave of COVID-19 infections

Premier alan winde made the announcement on Friday.

“According to the technical definition, we will have exited our fourth wave when new infections are 15% of the peak or 600 cases. New case numbers have now dipped below 600 new cases based on a 7-day moving average,” Winde said.

Despite the dip, the Western cape still accounts for the second highest number of daily COVID-19 infections.

Winde has called on national government to end the National State of Disaster.

‘’It is now time that we exit the National State of Disaster too. The decrease in deaths and hospital admissions recorded during the fourth wave, coupled with the increased rates of protection among residents shows us that the virus is reaching an endemic stage.’’

‘’Instead, we need to focus our attention on ending the second pandemic of joblessness that continues in our country,’’ added Winde.

The premier also announced that the Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope will be decommissioned as the province’s hospitals, says Winde, have sufficient capacity.

‘’Should it be necessary, we will be able to bring additional infrastructure online to ensure that our healthcare system is fully capacitated and can ensure an agile response.’’

He encouraged citizens to get inoculated if they haven’t done so already

‘’It’s not too late to receive your first, second or even your booster shot when it is your turn.’’

‘’We know that vaccines work and have played a significant role in helping to reduce the number of deaths and hospital admissions during the fourth wave – and well help to do so in subsequent waves. Please do not delay,’’ Winde added.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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