WESTERN CAPE NEWS - Over 3500 people in the Western Cape province have recovered from COVID-19 infections.
This according to Premier Alan Winde's latest update.
The rate of recovery in Witzenberg now stands at 70% of all cases, and in the Western region, half of all recorded cases to date have recovered. "These are especially promising numbers as both of these areas are considered hotspots in the province," says Winde.
Currently, the Western Cape death rate stands at 1.68% of the total case load. This is in line with international norms.
See the latest breakdowns below:
*Total confirmed COVID-19 cases - 9246
*Total recoveries - 3521
*Total deaths - 156
*Total active cases (currently infected patients) - 5569
*Total number of tests - 90750
*Hospital admissions - 360 of which 108 are in ICU or high care
Additional data can be accessed on the dashboard.
"Our data also shows us that the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 positive people who have died in the province have had one or more co-morbidities. It is therefore imperative that vulnerable residents take extra precautions- by staying home as much as possible to reduce the risk of infection, and by strictly abiding to the golden rules- including frequent hand washing and other hygiene measures, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from any other person and by wearing a clean, cloth mask when leaving the house.
"We can all help to protect the vulnerable by sticking to these same golden rules. Those residents who live with a member of the family who may be vulnerable, must be vigilant to ensure that they do not put their loved ones at additional risk.
"Our hotspot plan is systematically addressing infections in nine geographic locations in the province, using the skills, data and experience available across government departments. We are working with the other spheres of government, law enforcement, NGOs and faith based organisations, however, we cannot do this work alone. It requires every one of us to step up and take responsibility to ensure that we are actively doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. This is how we will stop the spread.
"The majority of people will only experience mild symptoms and 90% of patients will not need to be hospitalised. While many will recover without complications, we must not underestimate the impact of the COVID-19 virus, especially on the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions. The infection curve in the Western Cape is moving faster, and we are seeing higher rates of community transmission."
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