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.

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Head of Public Health Surveillance at the NICD Dr. Michelle Groome says this uptick in infections was also seen in the second half of the third wave.

Groome says the majority of infected learners showed mild forms of the disease.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the new mutation of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, known as Stealth Omicron, is not yet of any concern.

The NICD’s professor Penny Moore says the BA.2 variant has already been observed in many patients across the globe.

The variant has, for example, become the dominant variant of Omicron in India.

Moore says the mutation of variants are expected.

She says the spread of the mutant variant is being closely monitored.

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Professor Cheryl Cohen, from the NICD’s Centre for Respiratory Diseases, says the isolation caused by the Covid-19 lockdowns, have lead to a decrease in the number of people being exposed to the annual flu.

She says there has already been a high number of flu cases being reported, despite the warm weather.

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