The Western Cape Health Department says evidence, from the fourth wave, again shows that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is less cumbersome than previous variants.

Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says previous Covid-19 infection and vaccination may have lead to the lower incidence of deaths and severe disease in the fourth wave.

Cloete says risk for hospital admission, when infected with Omicron, had dropped by 1.4%, when compared to Delta-infection.

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The Western Cape Health Department says data shows that up to 90% of the province’s adult population already had protection against Covid-19 before the onset of the fourth wave.

Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says sero-prevalence data shows a large majority of adults have had Covid-19 anti-bodies present in their blood.

Cloete says this may explain the low levels of hospitalizations and deaths, seen in the current wave of the pandemic.

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The Western Cape Health Department says the province is nearing the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says there has been a marked resurgence in infections over the past two weeks.

The majority of South Africa’s new infections have been reported in Gauteng (72% of infections), while the Western Cape currently constitutes 7% of the national case load.

Cloete urges residents, who have not yet been vaccinated, to go for their injection as soon as possible.

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Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says there has been a worrying decrease in the uptake of Covid-19 vaccines among residents.

Cloete says vaccinations have dropped from an average of almost 200,000 injections administered per week, to just more than 100,000 doses administered on a weekly basis.

In excess of 3.7-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have, to date, been administered across the Western Cape.

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The Western Cape Health Department says fully vaccinated people are four times less likely to die from Covid-19 complications than those who are not vaccinated.

The Department once again, over the weekend, encouraged residents over the age of 50 to get their injection as soon as possible.

According to the province’s Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete getting at least one dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine, will provide protection against serious illness, hospitalization or death.

He says that fully vaccinated people enjoy the best protection.

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