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.

Follow the full briefing here.

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The Western Cape Department of Health says more than 90% of Covid-19 patients, currently admitted to the province’s hospitals, are unvaccinated.

Research by the UCT Health Sciences faculty shows that of the 156 patients admitted to the Groote Schuur Hospital, 153 were not vaccinated against the virus.

The Health Department’s Dr Saadiq Kariem says of the 66 patients in ICU, not one of the patients had their Covid-19 injection.

Access this week’s Western Cape Covid-19 digital press conference here.

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