Covid-19 third wave looming in the WC? Alan Winde says the province has enough hospital beds
Western Cape premier Alan Winde says the province is seeing a resurgence in Covid-19 infections and may experience a third wave in two to three weeks' time.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Winde said the province has enough beds should hospital admissions rise in the projected time.
“I can confirm that the Western Cape has sufficient bed capacity to respond to the resurgence in Covid-19 cases and, through previous investments during this pandemic, can bring online additional bed capacity where and when needed,” said Winde.
The premier said the Western Cape would also extend employment contracts of healthcare workers to ensure an effective fight against the virus.
“As we have learnt from the first and second wave, healthcare workers play a critical role in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They serve as our front-line workers in the fight against Covid-19, which is why we are taking every step to ensure that our healthcare system is protected and sufficiently staffed.”
The cumulative number of infections in the Western Cape is 291,457. The province has had the third most infections after Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, according to the health department.
Winde said a large proportion of healthcare workers in the province had received their Covid-19 jabs, which would strengthen their response against the virus.
He announced last week that the province had added 10 more vaccination sites. SA launched the second phase of inoculations last week, which is targeting people older than 60 and healthcare workers.
The vaccinations started slowly with 87 sites nationally, but more were added during the week.
TimesLIVE reported on Sunday that the province lamented low registration numbers among people older than 60, saying the online registration system was not conducive for elderly people in rural areas.
The provincial government is working with old age homes to ensure all residents are registered. It has also made available 75 Cape Access Centres and public libraries in more than a dozen municipalities in a bid to make the process more accessible.