The Western Cape’s healthcare system is ready for the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says the system is, like with the previous waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, ready to react should there be a drastic increase in hospitalizations.
Cloete says the capacity that has been built in the healthcare system, over the past 2 years, can easily be re-activated should the need arise.

He spoke to ENCA and says all systems are in place to deal with the expected 5th wave.

Cloete says the sudden increase in Covid-19 infections, recorded in the past few days, should not be a cause for alarm.

This past weekend, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the country’s test-positivity rate reached the 22% mark, with Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape recording the majority of new infections.

Cloete says newer versions of the Omicron variant are responsible for this surge in new infections.

Read more here.

Related articles:

Premier Alan Winde says the lessons learnt from the first and second wave have helped the Western Cape suppress the severity of the third wave.

He says the province is now slowly passing the peak of the third wave.

Winde says the province’s healthcare-sector had been sufficiently prepared to receive and treat patients.

Access this week’s Western Cape weekly digicon here.

Related articles:

The Delta variant is now the biggest driving-force behind the increase in Covid-19 infections among Western Cape teenagers.

According to Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete an increase in infections among young people were reported when schools opened for the third-term.

He says this increase was expected because schools were closed during the first & second waves.

Cloete says the majority of teenagers contract the virus during social gatherings after school and on weekends.

Access this week’s Western Cape digicon here.

Related articles:

The World Health Organization’s Dr. Mike Ryan has warned countries against “pushing” to return to “normalcy” too soon.

Dr Ryan, the Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies programme, says despite the large number of people that have already received their Covid-19 vaccination, infections in European countries will continue to rise, when the basic health- and safety regulations are ignored.

Ryan says relaxing rules – such as the wearing of masks and disregarding social-distancing measures – are a recipe for disaster.

Access the full briefing here.

Related articles:

The Western Cape Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says it is especially people in affluent neighborhoods of the Mother City who have contracted Covid-19 over the past 2 weeks.

Cloete says this has led to the significant increase in infections in the Cape Town Metro.

Cloete says the province is now on the verge of its third wave of Covid-19, with another significant increase in infections expected this week.

Get the latest Covid-19 related updates here.

Related articles: