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Covid-19 Western Cape has left third wave, early data suggests

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Covid-19 Western Cape has left third wave, early data suggests

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

28th September 2021

By: News24Wire

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The Western Cape has most likely exited its third wave, based on initial data released by the provincial health department.

On Monday, Premier Alan Winde said the province had recorded 434 new cases daily based on the seven-day moving average by Thursday.

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"According to the technical definition, we would have exited our third wave when new infections are 15% of the peak, or 530 cases a day on average," he said.

As of Monday, the Western Cape had 7 810 active Covid-19 infections, with 518 216 Covid-19 cases to date and 490 718 recoveries.

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The province had 1 957 people in hospital with Covid-19 infections as of Monday, of which 418 are in high care or ICU. The current seven-day moving average is 35 deaths per day.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the Western Cape had recorded 92 new cases on Monday to bring the total number of cases to 508 807.

The NICD announced the country as a whole had exited the third wave on Monday.

"While we await the official confirmation from the South African Covid-19 Modelling Consortium, it is clear that the Western Cape's third wave has come to an end. We also note the announcement yesterday by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa that the third wave in South Africa overall, in terms of this definition, is over," said Winde.

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