The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) says it has recorded an increase in COVID-19 recoveries and a decline in the number of infections across old age homes in the province.
The Shadow Minister of the DSD for the Western Cape, Sharna Fernandez, acknowledged the role of the elderly, who are currently residing at the funded and unfunded facilities and their families in preventing the further spread of the virus.
“I am cognisant of the challenges this pandemic has posed for all those people who live and work at old age homes. One particular challenge is that many older persons have not been able to visit or have family members visit them for months,” she said.
The department said 1 430 pensioners recovered from COVID-19, while 100 were reported to still be infected by the virus as of 31 August.
“This shows an increase of 72 recoveries and a decrease of eight infections compared to last week,” the provincial department said.
The province’s oldest resident, Dinah Fourie, 102, who currently lives at the Kensington Old Age Home also beat COVID-19 and is now fully recovered.
The province said it would continue to monitor infection rates by monitoring strict health and safety protocols.