Cape Town – The third wave is getting closer and closer and could arrive in the province within the next week, according to provincial health director Dr Keith Cloete.
Speaking at the regular digital health and immunization press conference, Cloete said the department’s resurgence monitor dashboard shows a continuous increase in the percentage of new cases week over week.
âMore than 20% in the last six days, despite already a large number of cases. The number of active infectious cases has increased by more than 30%, from 3,000 to more than 4,000 in the past two weeks
âIn the province, the number of cases is increasing and the department sees an average of 320 new diagnoses every day. Admissions are also slowly increasing with 40 new admissions per day. Deaths remain stable around five to six per day. “
Meanwhile, the province has partnered with the city and the private sector to provide sites for mass Covid-19 vaccinations, according to Premier Alan Winde.
Winde said the mega-sites will be located in central Cape Town, Cape Flats and the northern suburbs. It is expected that these will open in three to four weeks.
âThey will open as soon as the vaccine supply allows for a rapid increase in daily immunizations in this way, without compromising immunizations in our rural areas. In the meantime, we are on track to meet our target of 100,000 first Pfizer vaccines by the end of this week, with an increase linked to the supplies available, âhe said.
The province is still awaiting the arrival of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines, which has affected the rollout.
âUnfortunately, J&J vaccines have still not been cleared out of their factory in the Eastern Cape, so we still don’t have that pipeline of over 200,000 vaccines to dramatically increase our daily rate,â Winde said.
âBased on the delivery of the scheduled tranche and the delay of the J&J vaccines, our teams will look to go from 60,000 vaccines this week to around 70,000 vaccinations next week so that we have a responsible and equitable program in this province. “
At the same time, MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier and Mayco Member for Community Services and Health Zahid Badroodien on Thursday visited one of the Shoprite stores which have partnered with the City to raise awareness about immunization. Covid-19 and helping seniors sign up for their vaccines during Sassa payment days.
Maynier said: âThe point is that ultimately economic recovery depends on getting as many people as possible as quickly as possible, because with more jabs there will be more jobs.
âOver the past few weeks, we have engaged extensively with the private sector to build strong partnerships to increase vaccine uptake and deployment in the Western Cape.
âHowever, an important area of ââconcern has emerged from these commitments. While the national government, to their credit, has partnered with Business for South Africa to enable vaccination sites in private sector workplaces, the business registration system is currently too complex. “
He said companies wanted to help but were frustrated with the complexity and requested an urgent review to simplify and clarify the process.
Community safety MEC Albert Fritz, who tested positive for Covid-19 in December of last year, received his vaccine on Thursday.
Fritz said: âI am one of the lucky ones who had relatively mild symptoms when I had Covid-19 last year. Of course, the psychological trauma is there regardless of your physical condition.
âEven if your symptoms are mild one day, you don’t know what’s going to happen the next day. It’s not an experience I want to relive, so I’m very happy to have received the jab today.[emailÂ protected]