The Western Cape Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete says even though the province’s infection-rate is starting to flatten, hospitalizations will, for the next few weeks, continue to increase as Covid-19 complications gradually manifests in patients.

He says this is a phenomenon that was seen in both the first and second waves of the pandemic, which gives healthcare workers time to prepare for an increase in hospitalizations after the infection-rate starts decreasing.

Cloete warns residents to maintain their vigilance, saying that we are not out of the woods yet.

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With nearly 70-percent of Western Cape healthcare workers that have already been vaccinated against the virus there has been a significant reduction in staff becoming seriously ill or even dying if they contract the virus.

This according to the Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete who says that, compared to last year, there are now far fewer people in the sector who have to be admitted to hospital if they do get infected with covid-19.

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With the third wave of Covid-19 now pushing Africa’s cumulative infections to a record 6-million, the continent is still months away from any form of normalcy.

This according to the World Health Organization which says that more vaccines are urgently needed for Africa to stave off a devastating wave of Covid-related deaths.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says over the past month alone, the continent recorded an additional 1-million new Covid-infections.

She says oxygen-supply on the continent is also now under severe strain.

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With the Western Cape reporting in excess of 2-thousand new covid-19 infections per day, the province is about 2 to 3 weeks away from reaching the peak of its third Covid-19 wave.

This, according to the province’s Head Of Health, Dr Keith Cloete who outlined the province’s current covid-19 situation in this week’s digicon.

He says the province has now seen a 13-percent increase in cases, on a week-on-week basis.

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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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