Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the province must be moved to Alert Level 1 as soon as possible, on Wednesday, 22 September. He also called for an end to the National State of Disaster and said the government cannot use the “extreme tool” forever as it is detrimental to the growth of the economy.
WINDE TO PUT PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT
Winde said his province must be moved to Alert Level 1 as it has nearly exited the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and easing restrictions would allow the Western Cape to find the right balance between saving lives, jobs and the local economy.
The Premier also referred to the National State of Disaster as an extreme tool that hinders economic growth and recovery in the country. “That is why I will request from National Government a clear plan for its termination, with set timeframes. “
WC NEARING OFFICIAL 3rd WAVE EXIT
“Currently, the 7-day moving average for new cases in the Western Cape is 620. We know that we will have officially exited the third wave, in terms of the technical definition, once new infections are at 15% of the peak or 530 cases,” said Winde.
The Premier said the province is fast approaching the required number and all other health indicators are displaying a significant decline, including hospitalisations, deaths, test positivity rate and oxygen usage.
He said it is not justifiable to impose restrictions on the economy given the data and the fact that the country is experiencing a “terrifying unemployment crisis.”
“…the data clearly demonstrates that our healthcare platform has more than adequate capacity to respond,” said Winde. “These restrictions must therefore be relaxed as soon as possible.”
The Western Cape’s Health Platform Data is as follows, according to Winde:
- Case numbers continue to decrease, with around 620 new diagnoses daily. This is compared to 3543 at its highest point on 17 August 2021.
- The proportion of positive COVID-19 tests has also decreased to 10%. This is compared to 42% at its highest point on 26 July 2021.
- Admissions and deaths continue to decrease, with an average of 120 new admissions and around 35 deaths each day. This is down from 362 new admissions and around 122 deaths at its highest point on 1 August and 30 July 2021 respectively.
- There has been a consistent decline in excess deaths both in the Cape Metro and across the province.
- The Western Cape’s total oxygen consumption is approximately 57 tonnes a day. This is compared to 78.7 tonnes or 104.9% at its highest point on 19 August 2021.
- COVID-19 and Persons Under Investigation (PUI) patients currently make up only 13% of total admissions at our public sector hospitals.