Old age homes show decline in Covid-19 cases

CAPE TOWN –While old age homes in the Western Cape have shown a decline in Covid-19 cases, there’s also been a steady increase in recoveries.

Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Sharna Fernandez, said in a statement that the current number of older persons in facilities now stands at seven.

People over the age of 55 and people with comorbidities are considered the high-risk, with the current figures in the province showing totaling over 1 600 recoveries in old age homes.

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“While we have passed our peak in the Western Cape, we must not let our guard down. As long as there is even one Covid-19 infection, it will be possible for the virus to spread to other people,” said Fernandez.

“The virus is still out there, and it remains important that we keep ourselves safe.

“I am appealing to all family members and the loved ones of our older persons residing in old age homes, to be extra vigilant by following the necessary Covid-19 health and safety protocols when visiting these respective facilities,” she said.

Fernandez added that the positive results are due to a collaborative approach with NPO’s, carers, staff and officials who were committed to helping to prevent a further spread at the various facilities.

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