Batohi informed National Prosecuting Authority staff of Cronje’s request to vacate office in an email sent out yesterday – and said she would formally recommend to President Cyril Ramaphosa that he accept Cronje’s resignation, effective from 1 March 2022.

Western Cape head of health, Dr Keith Cloete says more than 20 000 jabs were administered in the province on Monday and Tuesday each, placing it back on target for daily vaccine distribution.

Cloete added that the province’s current covid-19 reproduction number is the highest it has ever been. This number indicates how many people a covid-19 positive person can infect when they have an active form of the virus. Cloete says during previous waves, this number has always hovered around one but now stands at an alarming two.

The CTICC Vaccination Site closes its doors officially today having vaccinated just over 136 000 people. Provincial Health’s Dr Saadiq Kariem says the mass vaccination site was open for five months and was a public-private partnership between Western Cape Health and the Discovery Group.

The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis along with the National Institute of Communicable Diseases said the latest findings provide epidemiological evidence for Omicron’s ability to evade immunity from prior infection. Their statement was issued after a group of South African health organisations published a paper as a pre-print, meaning the work was not yet certified by peer review.

Meanwhile, the Plett Rage festival has been cancelled. Organisers say an alarming number of positive cases were reported to them by customers from their hometown, due to them being required to take the mandatory PCR test beforehand. Almost all schools set to attend Plett Rage have positive cases.

The head of health, Dr Keith Cloete says cases have increased by 79% in the past week, with around 100 new cases per day. He says there are also early signs of an increase in hospitalizations.
Meanwhile, the Cape Town International Convention Centre is holding a ceremony to close its vaccination site today. The decommissioning ceremony is happening this morning, at the city’s Vaccination Centre of Hope.

The men were doing maintenance work underground when they were overcome by hazardous vapours and collapsed. They are in critical condition in the hospital.