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‘Western Cape has exited peak of third wave’ – Winde | Muhabarishaji News

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The Western Cape’s Premier Alan Winde says the province will soon emerge from the third wave of COVID-19 infections.

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Winde has cited the South African Covid-19 Modelling Consortium, which shows that the province’s third wave could end by 18 September, adding that they would continue to monitor the trends.

“We have exited the peak of the third wave, and all indicators show us that we are coming off the third wave and that we are on track to exit it too,” he said.

“We will know that we have exited the third wave once case numbers are at 15% of the peak of the current wave, or approximately 530 cases diagnosed a day. We are continuing to monitor these indicators closely”

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

The Western Cape has recorded more than 498 000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. As of Thursday, 9 September, there are over 11 000 active infections of the respiratory disease.

Winde has once again stressed the importance of getting vaccinated, adding that 98% of people who died from COVID-19 during between 14-20 August, hadn’t gotten their jabs.

“It is clear that the vaccine is a highly effective way to reduce hospital admissions and save lives. That is why I urge every person to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We need to save our summer, and our economy, and we can only do this if we all fully vaccinate and if we save lives,” he said.

No state of disaster for Western Cape?

In light of the current COVID-19 trends in the Western Cape, Alan Winde reckons there is no need for a National State of Disaster, particularly in the province.

“It is on this basis that I have called for the National State of Disaster to be lifted. Not only is our healthcare system stable and coping, but we are also well equipped to handle subsequent waves. Going forward, we should be taking a differentiated approach to ensure that we get the balance right in saving both lives and livelihoods”

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

Winde has already met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is expected to announce some changes in the current lockdown restrictions. South Africa is currently on Adjusted Level 2 of the lockdown.

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