CAPE TOWN –The Western Cape is starting to see a steady plateau in its infection and death rate, and the MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez reported an increase in recoveries at old age homes and care centres.
There are a total of 300 old age homes in the Western Cape of which 117 of them are funded by the provincial Department of Social Development.
While there have been 172 reported infections by older persons, a total of 953 had made recoveries.
“I am pleased that our Department can report an increase in the numbers of persons that have recovered from Covid-19 who reside within old age homes across the province,” said Fernandez.
“Officials from the provincial Department of Social Development in collaboration with the provincial Department of Health have been working tirelessly around the clock to provide support for the prevention and management of Covid-19 within both funded and unfunded old age homes across the province.
“Although we have witnessed an increase in recoveries amongst this vulnerable grouping, we must continue with the interventions that we have introduced across old age homes during the Covid-19 pandemic so that we do not experience an outburst from taking place within these homes again,” she said.
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