A health worker sprays disinfectant commuters hands as the city steps up efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a bus depot in Cape Town. File picture: Africa News Agency
A health worker sprays disinfectant commuters hands as the city steps up efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a bus depot in Cape Town. File picture: Africa News Agency

Western Cape continues to see consistent drop in all Covid-19 indicators

By Shakirah Thebus Time of article published Nov 22, 2021

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Cape Town - The provincial Health Department is reporting an average of two daily deaths related to Covid-19, as latest data continues to show a decline in all markers.

In the latest statement released on Friday, the Health Department said cases continued to decline to lowest levels between inter-wave periods, however, the emphasis remains on increasing the number of Covid-19 vaccinations.

The test proportion positive rate decreased to around 1.7% with new cases continuing to decrease by 5% week-on-week.

There has been a decrease in daily cases reported over the last week with 40 new cases reported daily, based on the seven-day moving average.

The province reported 702 active infections, 523 803 confirmed cases, with 502 917 recoveries as of Friday. Around 20 184 people have since succumbed to the virus.

Covid-19 hospital admissions are averaging at 14 admissions, daily. On average, two people die due to Covid-19 each day, in the province.

“When compared to the inter-wave periods of October 2020 and April 2021, all metrics are now at lower levels than they have been previously,” said the department.

As of November 18, 3 964 835 vaccines had been administered. The National Health Department has also extended the R100 grocery voucher to those aged 50 years and older going for their first dose.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in the Division of Public Health, Surveillance and Response, Dr Michelle Groome, said the NICD is seeing a small increase in the 7-day moving average for new cases and percent positivity in Gauteng over the past week, particularly in Tshwane.

“Localised increases in case numbers (clusters) are not unexpected. It is difficult to say at this stage if this is the start of a more widespread resurgence. Previous waves have been driven to a large extent by the emergence of new Sars-CoV-2 variants (Beta in the second wave and Delta in the third wave). Genomic sequencing in South Africa has not yet detected any new variants which are making up an increasing proportion of the sequences.”

At the moment, 41% of adults in South Africa have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 35% are fully vaccinated.

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