On Tuesday evening, Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed that South Africa had recorded 13 105 more cases of Coronavirus…
This is a slight, but positive, decrease from the record deaths and over 20 000 cases recorded last week. The current rate of recovery stands at 81%, with a further 755 deaths reported.
Deaths were recorded in: Eastern Cape 134 , Free State 26, Gauteng 225, Kwa-Zulu Natal 218, Limpopo 11, Mpumalanga 11, Northern Cape 2 and Western Cape 128.
Western Cape at its peak?
Western Cape premier, Alan Winde said that there are “early signs” that the province had entered the peak of its second wave. “Our hospitalisations and mortality data reflect the significant pressure we are currently experiencing.”
“More reliable data such as the test positivity rate has dropped from a peak of 50%, to around 35% on 7 January. As at 7 January, we had recorded a 26% drop in hospitalisations as well. We have seen this tick up again over the past few days and we are watching closely to determine whether this is a trend.”
While there’s a downward trend in infections, hospitals across the country are still battling a huge influx of patients.
“Our hospitals are still experiencing significant pressure,” said Winde, regarding the Western Cape’s facilities. “Our metro hospitals have an average occupancy of 93%, the George drainage area 61&, Paarl drainage area 74% and Worcester drainage area at 73%.”
End to level 3?
While there’s a slow downward trend in infections, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says it is difficult to give certainty on how long Covid-19 lockdown regulations will last.
“These regulations, they are there because of what is happening with the infections. The infection is high, the president did say that some of these regulations will be reviewed when we have passed the peak and the numbers have dropped sufficiently to allow us to remove these regulations.”
“If we were to say we give certainty and give a date that these regulations will not apply, what if the infections have not dropped sufficiently to allow that,” she said during a question and answer session following a virtual briefing on Tuesday.
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