The Western Cape head of health, Dr. Keith Cloete says the province has now officially exited the third wave of the covid-19 pandemic.

Cloete says the Western Cape’s Covid-related hospital admissions, infection rate and mortality rate have now decreased significantly.

He says efforts will now be ramped up to get more residents vaccinated against Covid-19.

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The World Health Organization says the majority of African countries have now reached and moved past their third-wave peaks of the covid-19 pandemic.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the over-all rate of new infections have shown a decrease of almost 25%.

Moeti says the Delta-variant remains the main driver behind new infections recorded across Africa.

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The Western Cape is now at the peak of the third wave, but is starting to show early signs of a decline.

The Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says the province’s positivity rate has started showing a slight decline with the number of deaths and hospitalizations also decreasing.

Cloete says an overall decline, in all indicators, is expected in the next week or two.

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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.

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International clinical studies have shown that the Covid-19 vaccines, currently used here in South Africa, are effective at preventing hospitalization and death.

This, according to Professor Gregory Hussey, of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

Hussey says that, on a case to case basis, those who are vaccinated always have a much better Covid-19 outcome than those who are not vaccinated.

He says studies, in the United Kingdom and the USA, have shown that the vaccines saved the lives of many thousands of people.

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