The Western Cape is officially out of the third wave of COVID-19 infections, but they are worried about the slow uptake of vaccines in the province.
This emerged during a weekly online briefing. Western Cape Health Department Head Dr Keith Cloete says more than 2.8 million doses of vaccines have been administered in the province.
He says, “South Africa as a whole has exited the third wave and all provinces except the Free State and the Northern Cape have now reached what is called the end of wave threshold. Our provincial picture is our case numbers continue to decrease, we are seeing about 350 new cases a day, our percentage proportion has dropped to about 9.2%, our admissions and deaths have continued to go down. We average now about 80 cases a day and about 25 deaths a day.”
INFOGRAPHIC: COVID-19 Statistics in SA:
Alert Level 1
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa’s move to Alert Level 1 lockdown from midnight on Thursday. This followed meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council.
“The hours of the curfew will change, from 12 midnight to 4 am. Non-essential establishments like restaurants, bars, and fitness centres will need to close by 11pm to allow their employees and patrons to travel home before the start of the curfew,” the President said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation: