Article by: Dumisane Dube
The department of Health says he is worried about a spike in the number of daily infections driven by the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
According to the department there has been an 18.2% increase in new cases over the past seven days, compared with the previous week.
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla briefed the media on Friday morning after his reached the milestone of having administered more than 10 million Covid-19 vaccines.
“We know that it has been a very long journey but the reality is that this battle is not yet over. The third wave remains stubbornly in our midst with a resurgence moving decisively from Gauteng to the coastal provinces, with the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal alternating each day in topping the daily infection rates. The Eastern Cape is lurking behind them while the Northern Cape has never really subsided from the second wave and just moved straight to the third wave,” says Phaahla.
According to Phaahla says a 5.4% decrease in hospital admissions has been encouraging.
“Slightly encouraging nevertheless is that hospital admissions over the last seven days have gone down by 5.4% which is very encouraging because it means less pressure on our hospital facilities and our medical staff,” he added
In the last 24 hours, KwaZulu-Natal was the leading province with 3 911 cases, followed by the Western Cape with 3 707 cases.
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