Western Cape Premier Alan Winde wants the province to be moved to Alert Level 1 of lockdown restrictions.

Winde has previously advocated that provinces be able to set their own lockdown restrictions – a move away from national restrictions to a more regional approach.

Currently, the 7-day moving average for new cases in the Western Cape is 620.

We know that we will have officially exited the third wave, in terms of the technical definition, once new infections are at 15% of the peak or 530 cases. We are quickly approaching this number. All our other indicators also continue to show a significant decline, including in hospitalisations, deaths, our test positivity rate and oxygen usage. Alan Winde.

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More than 2 million Western Cape adults registered for a Covid-19 vaccination

In stating his case for an easing of lockdown restrictions, Winde presented regional data to support his request:

  • Case numbers continue to decrease, with around 620 new diagnoses daily. This is compared to 3543 at its highest point on 17 August 2021.
  • The proportion of positive COVID-19 tests has also decreased to 10%. This is compared to 42% at its highest point on 26 July 2021.
  • Admissions and deaths continue to decrease, with an average of 120 new admissions and around 35 deaths each day. This is down from 362 new admissions and around 122 deaths at its highest point on 1 August and 30 July 2021 respectively.
  • There has been a consistent decline in excess deaths both in the Cape Metro and across the province.
  • The Western Cape’s total oxygen consumption is approximately 57 tonnes a day. This is compared to 78.7 tonnes or 104.9% at its highest point on 19 August 2021.
  • COVID-19 and Persons Under Investigation (PUI) patients currently make up only 13% of total admissions at our public sector hospitals.

The Western Cape economy is reliant on domestic and international tourism and wants to have the economy opened before the start of the summer season.

Premier Alan Winde says the province is engaging with different stakeholders to put in place additional strategies to help re-open the province’s tourism sector to attract overseas visitors and to get the tourism economy up & running again.

Winde says boosting herd immunity in small Western Cape towns would help attract overseas visitors – who are cautious about contracting the visitors while on holiday here – to again visit the province.

He says a stakeholder meeting, is taking place today.

Watch the full digicon here.

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Western Cape law-enforcement officers have been deployed to hot-spot areas, while roadblocks have also been set up, to search taxis for illegal firearms and other weapons.

This, according to the Western Cape Police-commissioner, major general Thembisile Patekile who says that no further shootings or violence have been reported since Monday morning, when a Golden Arrow bus-services driver was shot.

Patekile says a multi-disciplinary approach has now been implemented.

He says 12 taxi-operators have been arrested, this past week, for being in possession of unlicensed firearms.

Patekile says discussions are on-going and that, in the meantime, law-enforcement agencies are on high-alert to react, should any further violence or shootings be reported.

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More than 110-thousand Western Cape residents – aged over 60 – have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Premier Alan Winde says there has been a marked increase in the number of people, in this age group, who have registered and reported for their vaccination.

He says more than 20-thousand pensioners and employees in old-age homes and care-centres have also been vaccinated.

Get the latest Western Cape Covid-19 updates here.

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The Western Cape has now expanded its Covid-19 vaccination programme to rural areas.

Premier Alan Winde says the province would continually increase the number of vaccination-centres to ensure that the vaccine becomes more accessible to residents.

He visited Malmesbury yesterday, and says efforts are being made to notify residents of their vaccination date, long before their injections are due.

Winde says, in time, the distance between residents and their nearest vaccination centre would gradually decrease.

He called on Government to reopen registrations on the country’s EVDS-system, to allow people between 50 and 59, to now already register for their covid-19 vaccine.

He says this would significantly help stream-line the country’s vaccination drive.

If you are over 60, you can register for your vaccination here.

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