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SA’s Covid-19 epicenter plateauing

Two patients treated with HFNO at Groote Schuur Hospital. Image: Western Cape Health

Two patients treated with HFNO at Groote Schuur Hospital. Image: Western Cape Health

Published Jul 31, 2020



According to recent data, South Africa’s Covid-19 epicenter the Western Cape is showing signs of plateauing.

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South Africa’s latest numbers show 2 873 163 tests conducted and 471 123 positive cases, with the Western Cape making up 93 737 cases and 76 835 recoveries.

Meanwhile, confirmed cases in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal have rapidly increased to 75 872 and 71 240 respectively.

Previously the Western Cape accounted for half of all infections in the country, however, infections now account for around 20%.

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Western Cape Health Department head Dr Keith Cloete confirmed that cases are stabilising and that scientific data show the virus started earlier in the Western Cape.

“The general trends show that our cases, our mortality and our hospitalisation data, is showing clear signs of a sustained plateauing,” said Cloete.

“The pattern in the province is that the plateauing of deaths is not happening at the same pace in every geographic area, it’s as if we have different plateaus in all the areas.

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“The data also shows the high death rates in Khayelitsha and Klipfontein had an earlier rise than the rest of the metros and they had an earlier decline, and there are clear signs in the decline,” he said.

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