It’s suspected that increased immunity has played a part in the Western Cape not having experienced a major surge of Covid-19 infections during the third wave.
The Provincial Health Department’s Chief Operating Officer Dr Saadiq Kariem explains that the region had a devastating second wave which improved overall seroprevalence. However studies are still being conducted to determine the level of impact the Covid-19 Beta variant has had on Delta which is driving the infections in the country.
The Western Cape has more than 30 000 known active cases of Covid-19. Over 3000 people have been hospitalised with some 600 of them in high care or ICU. There have been more than 14 400 Covid-19 related deaths.