The Western Cape is likely to enter Covid-19 third wave next week or week after that.
During the provincial digicon briefing on Thursday, Western Cape Dr Keith Cloete said the province has over the last four weeks seen a consistent increase in cases.
“We are formally in resurgence. We are just short of entering a third wave. Hospitalizations are starting to go up. Oxygen use in those hospitals are starting to go up.”
“We are entering a third wave probably next week or the week after.”
Cloete said the majority of new Covid-19 cases are being recorded in more affluent areas.
“The clear increase in cases is predominantly from private sector laboratories, the increase in hospital admissions are now predominantly in private hospitals. Most of these cases are driven from more affluent areas,” Cloete said.
As at 3 June 2021, the Western Cape had 4439 active Covid-19 infections, with a total number of 857 hospitalisations, of which 203 are in high care or ICU.