The Western Cape province is starting to see a flattening of the third wave and that this is happening below the second wave peak.
This was highlighted during Premier Alan Winde’s weekly digital press conference on the health platform and vaccine rollout on Thursday 22 July 2021.
“We are closely monitoring this data to see if the trend continues, but it is the first, very early sign that we are starting to peak in the Western Cape,” Winde said.
The provincial health platform presentation showed that the Reproduction or ‘R’ number is nearing 1 and is currently 1.1, meaning for every 10 cases, an additional 11 people are infected.
This points to a slowing down in new infections.
Premier Winde said that the proportion of persons testing positive for Covid-19 has continued to increase, reaching 39% last week.
“We are currently seeing an average of 2345 new diagnoses each day, which is starting to plateau.”
Additionally hospital admissions are increasing with an average of 330 new admissions per day, however admissions are increasing at a slower rate.
Deaths in the province have also increased to approximately 82 deaths per day.