It's official, South Africa is now in the third wave with Western Cape being the fifth province to do so. They join Gauteng, the Free State, Northern Cape and North West.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that South Africa is in the third wave with 9 149 new COVID-19 cases being recorded on 10 June. NICD has said that figures from the past seven days show that South Africa is now experiencing the third wave.
South Africa technically entered the third wave today as the national seven-day moving average incidence of 5 959 cases, which now exceeds the new wave threshold, as defined by the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC).
Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, said that confirmed cases have increased by 34% week-on-week and that all indicators show that the province is entering a third wave. These indicators include the reproduction rate and active cases.
Keith Cloete, Head of Health in the Western Cape said:
we’re seeing a steady increase in cases … an increase in hospitalisations, and an increase in the positivity rate … We’re starting to see an increase in death.
Cloete went on to say that due to learning from the previous waves of infections, the capacity at public and private hospitals in the province is "relatively good". Private hospitals are said to be filling up faster than public hospitals.
As at 1pm on 10 June 2021, the Western Cape had 6108 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number of 299 208 COVID-19 cases to date and 281 177 recoveries.
Government in the province wants stricter measures to be put on gatherings in order to break transmission. They also want an uninterrupted vaccine rollout and gaining control over infections would help this.
As for the country, on 10 June, the country recorded 1 722 086 cases in total with 9149 of these being recorded in the previous 24 hours. Deaths in the country currently stand at 57 410 and 1 619 011 vaccinations have been done so far.