Western Cape old age homes reporting more and more recoveries

Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez
Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez
Photo: Leanne Stander
  • The Western Cape stands at 19.8% of the national total, second after Gauteng at 35.7%.
  • A total of 77 823 people in the province have recovered, while 2 985 have died of Covid-19.
  • The Western Cape currently has 11 522 active cases.

Western Cape old age homes have more reasons to be hopeful following a dark few months as Covid-19 recoveries start to outpace active cases, provincial statistics reveal.

Social Development MEC Sharna Fernandez said an increase in Covid-19 recoveries have been reported across old age homes in the province.

As of 27 July, 953 older people recovered, while 172 were reported to be infected with the virus.

Ten days earlier, a total of 700 older people recovered, while 334 older persons were reported to be infected.

"Although we have witnessed an increase in recoveries amongst this vulnerable grouping, we must continue with the interventions that we have introduced across old age homes during the Covid-19 pandemic so that we do not experience an outburst from taking place within these homes again," she said in a statement.

The Western Cape has a total of 300 old age homes. Of these, 117 are funded by the provincial department.

Fernandez said the department has reprioritised funding to ensure that various services and facilities, both funded and unfunded, have the necessary resources to prevent the further spread of the virus.

This includes an additional R1.755 million made available to old age homes for the management of Covid-19, over and above existing allocations; the distribution of 15 000 masks and 50 litres of sanitisers; and additional relief staff, where and when needed.

Western Cape now accounts for less than 20% of national cases

Once home to more than half the confirmed infections in the country, the Western Cape now accounts for less than 20% of Covid-19 positive cases nationally.

According to the most recent statistics released by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, the province stands at 19.8% of the national total, second after Gauteng at 35.7%.

This translates to 93 737 infections in the Western Cape of the 471 123 cumulative total.

According to data released by the Western Cape government on Thursday, the province currently has 11 522 active cases.

A total of 77 823 people have recovered while 2 985 have died of Covid-19.

In total, 1 482 people are hospitalised, of which 273 are in intensive or high care units.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde confirmed on Wednesday that the pandemic was "stabilising" in the province. Hospitals, while still under pressure, were coping due to a general easing.

"While this is good news, it does not mean that we can rest on our laurels. On the contrary, it means we must be even more vigilant. We must keep our curve moving in the right direction, in all areas – downwards.

"If we let our foot off the pedal now, and don't continue to change our behaviour, then we risk new flare-ups and an acceleration of cases in the future. We cannot allow this to happen," Winde said.

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