The World Health Organization says the vast majority of people who currently are admitted to hospital for Covid-19 treatment are unvaccinated.

Technical Lead at the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Maria van Kerkhove again reiterated that the only way in which people can protect themselves against severe forms of the disease is to get their injection as soon as possible.

Van Kerkhove says vaccination would also suppress the possibility of new variant from developing.

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The Western Cape’s public health-care system will be able to activate an additional 2,700 beds to treat patients in the third Covid-19 wave.

This, according to the Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete who says the province activated 1,680 beds in the first wave, while 2,330 beds were brought online in the second wave.

Cloete says with the third-wave peak now weeks way, the healthcare system is ready to admit patients that would need immediate medical care.

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The Western Cape will, over the next 2 weeks, start activating more of its Covid-19 bed-capacity, to cater for the rise in hospital admissions.

Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says there are currently more than 1 800 patients admitted for Covid-complications.

Cloete says that, currently, more than 730 patients are being treated in public healthcare facilities, while more than 1 100 patients have been admitted to private facilities.

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The Western Cape Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says of all patients currently occupying hospital beds in the province’s healthcare centres only 6% are being treated for Covid-19.

During the weekly digicon this week, Cloete said the majority of people in hospital are being treated for alcohol-related injuries and trauma.

He says alcohol-abuse is a big driving-force in placing pressure on the province’s healthcare facilities.

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