The Western Cape announced it has just over 6000 active COVID-19 cases and more than 1000 hospitalisations, 247 of which are in high care or an intensive care unit (ICU), on Thursday, 10 June. This is an increase of 302 cases since the province’s last daily update.
6108 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN WESTERN CAPE
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the province had 6108 active COVID-19 infections and 1028 hospitalisations as of 13:00 on Thursday. Unfortunately, the province recorded 23 additional deaths, bring the total death toll to 11 923. The Premier, however, added that the daily death toll included historical deaths that have only been updated recently.
In terms of vaccinations, the Western Cape said it had administered 246 237 jabs by 17:00 on Thursday, made up by 91 732 health care workers in Phase 1a and b and 154 505 residents over 60 in Phase 2.
Winde, along with provincial Head of Health, Dr Keith Cloete, said the Western Cape was entering its third wave of COVID-19 infections at the weekly digital conference earlier on Thursday.
Cloete said there is a worrying increase in COVID-19 cases across all the province’s districts except Khayelitsha and cases have increased by more than 30% week-on-week. The head of health added that the province was adding an average of 430 new cases, 52 hospital admissions and five to six deaths daily.
“This is very concerning. We need to ensure that everybody in this province continues to keep flattening the curve,” said Winde. “We have already been in two waves before this and we know what to do. We need to make sure we continue with social distance, we continue wearing our masks and sanitising hands.”
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) are yet to declare an official third wave of infections in the province, however, the Western Cape government feels that it is just a matter of time before the announcement is made, based on its statistical modelling.