Jan 25, 2022

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Western Cape passes fourth wave peak, premier calls for end to state of disaster

Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde says the province has passed the peak of its fourth Covid-19 wave and the number of cases can be expected to decline steadily in the coming weeks.

” While the number of cases and test positivity rate exceeded the peaks in the second and third waves, respectively, hospital admissions were lower and deaths remained low, ”he said Thursday. Open our health platform to maintain adequate responsiveness.

Winds called for an end to the national state of disaster.

“Our oxygen consumption is increasing, which is the most robust measure for Covid-19 hospital capacity, 50% not which meant we stayed at our lowest trigger level even at peak times.

“This is undeniable data that we are able and able to manage Covid-19 without one Disaster declaration and it is time to normalize our response.

“We don’t need the national state of disaster, which is an additional reme tool imposed with the primary intention of protecting our health platform. It has to be phased out by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. “

While normalizing the response, Winde said:” We must turn our attention to the second pandemic in our country that is also killing our lives – our job crisis.

“A job is a ticket out of poverty. It’s the best way to fight crime. It prevents hunger and ensures that children grow up healthy and climb a career ladder. ”

Analysis of the fourth wave by the provincial health department found a larger gap between cases, admissions and deaths when comparing the third and the fourth wave.

“This means that the case numbers and test positivities in this wave have exceeded the previous waves, but hospital admissions are lower than in the previous wave at 64% of the peak admissions in the third wave. Although the death toll has increased in the past two weeks, it is only 24% of its third wave high. ”

Preliminary data compiled by the provincial health department showed fewer deaths among those who were fully vaccinated People compared to previous waves.

Between November 15 and December 11, 2021, it was found that:

  • out of 18- to 34-year-olds, three people died, none of whom were fully vaccinated;
  • of these 35-49, 11 people died, one of whom was fully vaccinated;
  • of these 50-59, eight people died, of whom one was fully vaccinated; and
  • of those 60 and older, 32 people died, three of whom were fully vaccinated.