‘WC govt watching hospital admissions over next two weeks to gauge bed capacity’

CapeTalk host John Maytham is speaking to Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde for an update on the province’s Covid-19.

  • The Western Cape is in the early stages of a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections
  • Prime Minister Alan Winde says health teams will be closely monitoring hospital admissions for the next two weeks

Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde on a meeting with the provincial health ministry. Image: Twitter / @ alanwinde

Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde says provincial officials will use the next 14 days to see if additional bed space is needed to accommodate Covid-19 patients.

The province is in the early stages of a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, according to Winde.

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The Western Cape has officially entered a Covid-19 resurgence, with infections increasing 20% ​​in 7 days.

Last Friday we had about 30 cases, now we are 200 cases a day. We were a little over 3% test positive and went up to 8.2% test positive in a week.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

The Prime Minister says health teams will be monitoring whether this fourth wave leads to increased hospital stays and deaths, or whether Covid-19 vaccinations offer a level of protection in the province.

Should Covid-19 hospital admissions increase dramatically, officials will soon have to vacate hospital wards, stop elective operations, and use more field hospitals to house infected patients.

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With Covid-19 numbers rising, we need to start decanting. That means we end the elective surgeries … we start to lose these different stages of cancer treatment.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

The next 10 to 14 days will be pretty critical to see if more or less people actually end up in the hospital. This will also help us make decisions about decanting and how quickly to get the field hospitals out.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier


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