Winde raises alarm as Covid-19 cases surge in parts of Western Cape

Western Cape premier Alan Winde and senior health officials have called for citizens to adopt responsible behaviour as escalating Covid-19 infections fill hospital beds.

2020-11-25 07:00:00 PM

Western Cape premier Alan Winde and senior health officials have called for citizens to adopt responsible behaviour as escalating Covid-19 infections fill hospital beds.

Western Cape premier Alan Winde and senior health officials have called for citizens to adopt responsible behaviour as escalating Covid-19 infections fill hospital beds.

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Cape Town’s biggest Covid-19 field hospital, Brackengate Hospital of Hope, has gone from having only a handful of patients in September to 109.  Private hospitals are under so much pressure that they might have to start sending patients to public hospitals, said Cloete.

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“In terms of the provincial trends, we’ve seen an increase in test positivity, in cases, and an increase in hospitalisation and oxygen use with this very concerning resurgence which has now taken hold and escalated in the past two weeks,” Cloete told a media conference.

“More concerning is that both hospitalisations and positive tests have increased over this period. The proportion of positive tests is now at 16% from a low of 7% in mid-September.“This is now starting to be comparable to what we experienced in May, when we were in the  ascending part of the first wave in this province.” headtopics.com

Even with surging Garden Route infections removed, Western Cape Covid-19 numbers were trending upwards, said Cloete.Winde called on citizens to behave more responsibly. “We need every person in the Western Cape to help prevent a lockdown and to ensure that there are enough empty beds in our hospitals for those who need them,” he said.

“We must be under no illusion as to how serious the situation is, and how quickly it can deteriorate further.”The resurgence meant hospitals in the province might have to start withdrawing services to non-Covid patients.“O Read more: Times LIVE »