Western Cape Covid-19 spike driven by social gatherings, health officials say

Dr Keith Cloete is head of health in the Western Cape province.

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  • A Western Cape third wave can still be delayed, health officials have said.
  • The province is currently experiencing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
  • Health authorities claim the resurgence is being driven by social gatherings.

While the Western Cape is facing a resurgence of cases, the province may still be able to hold off a third wave if public behaviour drastically changes.

The increase in cases have been linked to social gatherings, said provincial health department head Dr Keith Cloete, during Premier Alan Winde’s weekly Covid-19 digi-conference on Thursday.

The Western Cape is currently teetering between the second and third wave, Cloete said.

“We have officially gone into a resurgence. It’s not quite the start of the third wave, but it’s the early sign that we are going into a third wave,” he said.

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