Third wave not easing in Western Cape as new Covid-19 infections increase

By Rudolph Nkgadima Time of article published Jul 29, 2021

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NEW Covid-19 infections seem to not be easing off in the Western Cape. In the past 24 hours the province recorded over 4 600 new cases; 27% of the total cases reported nationally.

According to the most recent statistics released by the province, there was a 29% increase in new cases over the last seven days compared to the seven two weeks ago. With an average of 90 people dying of Covid-19 per day in the province as new infections continue to climb.

"The majority of new cases today (Wednesday) are from Gauteng (30%), followed by Western Cape (27%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 11%; Mpumalanga and North West each accounted for 7%; Limpopo accounted for 6%; Eastern Cape accounted for 5%; Free State accounted for 4%; and Northern Cape accounted for 2% of today's new cases," NICD spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Jimoh said.

Meanwhile, Premier Alan Winde said: “The Western Cape did not receive the quantity of vaccines needed this week to meet the significant demand that exists in the province.

“We will continue to engage the national government with the aim of getting more vaccine supplies so that we can match the notable demand that exists for vaccinations in the Western Cape. We therefore encourage you to wait for your appointment, especially during this time that pressure is being experienced in the system.”

Earlier this week, the province announced it had surpassed a million vaccinations being administered.

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