Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, has called on residents to continue adhering to COVID-19 protocols this weekend as the healthcare system remains under pressure.
Winde says there are currently over 40 000 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
He says 3 715 people are receiving treatment in hospital with 726 patients in intensive care units .
Winde says while the province’s healthcare system is coping, it remains under pressure.
He has urged residents to play their part in reducing the pressure by not drinking and driving.
1/2 ?Update on the coronavirus and vaccines
As at 1pm on 13 August 2021, the Western Cape had 40 671 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number 443 639 COVID-19 cases to date and 386 420 recoveries.
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) August 13, 2021
Meanwhile, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported 14 271 new COVID-19 cases in the country. This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 568 511.
A further 473 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 76 247.
The province with highest number of new coronavirus cases is the Western Cape with 3 701 followed closely by KwaZulu-Natal with 3 603 and Gauteng now has 2 259 new cases.