WC infection rate stable despite second wave warnings

CAPE TOWN –The Western Cape has announced that they’ve once again stabilised the spike in Covid-19 cases following recent warnings of a possible second wave.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said that the province has not witnessed an increase in the latest seven day rolling average and that they remain on high alert.

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“We have not seen a further increase in cases of Covid-19 overall, with the number of cases marginally declining since last week,” said Winde.

“However, they have not yet come down to the same level as they were in September. 

“We must therefore remain vigilant to prevent these bushfires from becoming the wildfires that might undermine our recovery efforts,” he said.

Winde added that the recent increase in cases are being tracked through regular huddle reports and that they were largely people under the age of 30.

The premier urged residents to help prevent a second wave by avoiding large crowds of people, to avoid close-contact scenarios and to stay clear from confined spaces with poor ventilation.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape residents are starting to enjoy the summer season after a lengthy period of lockdown which makes curbing the second wave more challenging.

“Our surveillance and containment strategy are critical over the next 18-24 months, and in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council we are now using waste-water treatment plants to check for Covid-19 in the City of Cape Town,” said Winde.

“This is going to be extended to areas outside of the metro. We have seen the spike witnessed at the Athlone waste-water treatment plant come down, but not completely,” he said.

 

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