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Premier Winde concerned by increase in new Covid-19 infections in Cape Town metro

"At this stage, the data does not point to signs of clusters of infections,
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Premier Winde concerned by increase in new Covid-19 infections in Cape Town

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says he is concerned by a slight rise in new Covid-19 infections that has been noted- particularly in the Cape Town Metro.

During his weekly digicon update on Thursday, Winde said the uptick has largely been driven by increases in private sector testing in the Northern, Southern and Western sub-districts, but they are continuing to monitor and track these trends closely.

“At this stage, the data does not point to signs of clusters of infections, but with the long Easter weekend and school holidays coming up, we must remain hyper vigilant to ensure that clusters and super-spreader events do not occur.’’

“Our wastewater data continues to show decreased or low levels of SARS CoV-2 in our treatment plants,’’ he said.

He said hospitalisations due to Covid-19 are declining with a total of 824 Covid-19 patients currently hospitalised in the province.

“Covid-19 hospital occupancy is currently at 10% in the Metro, 15% in the George drainage area, 22% in Paarl and 21% in Worcester,” he said.

As of 1pm on 1 April, the Western Cape had 2313 active Covid-19 infections.

The province also recorded six additional deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19-related deaths in the province to 11 464.

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