Premier Alan Winde has commended residents, between the ages of 35 and 49 years, who have come out in numbers to register for their Covid-19 vaccination.

During his weekly digicon, he said that even though the province’s infection-rate is now starting to flatten, people should still continue to register for and receive their injection to better protect themselves and those around them.

He says the province’s vaccination strategy is continuing to push ahead with more than 850-thousand residents that have, to date been vaccinated.

More than 10-million people South Africans fall into this cohort.

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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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Western Cape law-enforcement officers have been deployed to hot-spot areas, while roadblocks have also been set up, to search taxis for illegal firearms and other weapons.

This, according to the Western Cape Police-commissioner, major general Thembisile Patekile who says that no further shootings or violence have been reported since Monday morning, when a Golden Arrow bus-services driver was shot.

Patekile says a multi-disciplinary approach has now been implemented.

He says 12 taxi-operators have been arrested, this past week, for being in possession of unlicensed firearms.

Patekile says discussions are on-going and that, in the meantime, law-enforcement agencies are on high-alert to react, should any further violence or shootings be reported.

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The Western Cape Transport MEC, Daylin Mitchell has expressed his disappointment that, despite weeks of engagement, no agreement has yet been reached between taxi-operators.

Mitchell, during an online briefing yesterday said he had been in talks with representatives of Codeta and CATA, to find a solution to the ongoing taxi-violence.

Mitchell says the conduct of a criminal few, in the taxi-industry, is holding the livelihoods of thousand of Mother City residents ransom.

Mitchell and premier Alan Winde is again meeting with the provincial Police Commissioner, general Thembisile Patekile today to find ways to end the ongoing dispute.

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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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