Covid-19: Third wave worry as it gains momentum

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As South Africa starts to grapple under the pressure of the third wave of Covid-19 infections, the Western Cape government says it has sufficient resources to deal with the upcoming demand.

To date, the country is dealing with more than 110 000 active cases of the virus.

Cape Town’s Covid-19 hospital occupancy rate is at 17 percent. The province’s health department is confident that the third wave won’t be as devastating as the second wave experienced earlier this year.

This is in spite of the province’s health department sounding the alarm that

Additional vaccination sites have also now opened in the CBD, including the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and the Old Mutual vaccine site in Pinelands that will be made available to speed up inoculations in the metro.

Meanwhile, the vaccine rollout for  staff in the education sector will kick off this Wednesday. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says that this will continue until 8 July – a day before schools close at the end of the second school term. She was speaking as 300,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine arrived in the country and additional doses are expected early next week.

As at Sunday 20 June, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) conformed 13,155 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa in the latest 24 hours cycle. This, represents a 23.7% positivity rate. A further 112 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 58,702 to date.

The majority of new cases are from Gauteng (66%), followed by Western Cape (9%).

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