Just under 1 000 Covid-19 active cases for the Western Cape as infections continue to drop
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Cape Town - The Western Cape continues to see a drop in Covid-19 infections, with just under 1 000 Covid-19 active infections.
The province reported 987 active infections, 523 157 confirmed cases, and 502 021 recoveries as of 1pm on Thursday.
Around 20 149 people in the province succumbed to the virus due to Covid-19 complications.
Around 6 735 reinfections have occurred.
Provincial Health Department spokesperson Mark van der Heever said that to date, 3 693 118 vaccine doses have been administered, as of Wednesday.
Around 2 339 316 individuals have been vaccinated of which 1 880 633 have been fully vaccinated, said Van der Heever.
The province maintains that it aims to vaccinate 70% of the population by December, prioritising those over the age of 50.
“Throughout the vaccine programme it showed that once a new age cohort opened, there was a sudden spike in interest, where large numbers wanted to vaccinate immediately.
“As seen across the country, once large numbers in an age band have been vaccinated the numbers do drop a bit. Our weekly targets have regularly been met, but in some instances mainly due to this reason there were also some drop-offs.”
There are around 300 vaccination sites across public and private areas in the province.
“Resources are now being shifted based on the changes in behaviour and the different phases of the programme, which includes outreaches, pop-up sites and wellness buses – all going into communities,” said Van der Heever.
Premier Alan Winde said: “Vaccinating residents who are at high risk of severe Covid-19 illness is a top priority over the next month, ahead of our festive season in December. This will protect our health-care system, and save lives and jobs in the Western Cape.
“I encourage residents who are over 50 and who are still unsure to please chat to their local doctor to get more information on why vaccination is so important. All our data points to it being highly effective in saving lives in our province.”
Here is a look at where the national vaccinations stand: