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Third wave likely to last for at least eight to 10 weeks: Cloete

On Thursday Premier Alan Winde said the Western Cape is officially entering the third wave of Covid-19 infections due to a sustained increase in cases week on week.
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Third wave likely to last for at least eight to 10 weeks: Cloete

The Western Cape is officially entering the third wave of Covid-19 infections.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said that there’d been a more than 34% increase in reported cases week on week.

“All the indicators that we have, be that the R-rate – the reproduction rate – that the increase in the number of cases in our province is more than 5,800 active cases, the Western Cape is now entering the third wave,” Winde said.

Provincial head of health Dr Keith Cloete said all districts in the province are on the increase, except for Khayelitsha.

“The NICD has very clear objectives and measures for the whole country to determine which provinces are in the third wave, and we watch the same data with the same measures.”

“The data is now telling us very clearly that we are on an accelerated curve towards the mark of a third wave and it is a matter of time before we’re certified as such.”

“Judging by data from the previous two waves, a third wave “would likely last for at least eight to 10 weeks,” said Cloete.

Additionally he said that many things can shift that- “so a shift in behaviour can flatten and slow and make the third wave longer,” he said.

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