Premier David Makhura has announced that Gauteng is officially in a third Covid-19 wave.
Makhura made the announcement on Friday in the West Rand while officially unveiling the 181 bed AngloGold Ashanti Hospital.
“Since the start of this week, the number of cases in the province has doubled, as Gauteng, we have now arrived at the third wave. Stay Safe, protect yourself and those around,” said Makhura.
There is currently 6712 active cases in the province.
Makhura said that over 100 000 health care workers have been vaccinated since the beginning of the Sisonke vaccination trial programme.
He said the next half will be vaccinated simultaneously with the elderly people as the country enters the second phase of vaccination rollout.
According to the Department of Health, there was an increase in new cases from 8,593 in the preceding seven days (26 April to 2 May 2021), to 12,531 cases in the past seven days (3-9 May 2021), constituting a 46% increase.
Premier @David_Makhura, together with MEC’s @TasneemMotara & @DrMokgethi are this morning opening the 181 bedded newly renovated & refurbished AngloGold Ashanti Hospital in Carletonville. The hospital will help alleviate pressure as the province prepares for the imminent 3rd wave pic.twitter.com/vadwu80M8j
— GautengGov (@GautengProvince) May 14, 2021
Most of the increases took place in Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape and the Western Cape.
Covid-19 deaths in the same period increased by 18.22% from 269 to 318, with most deaths in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.
Makhura said the province currently has 4,500 beds in public hospitals.
“We have increased our bed capacity by over 3,000 in just one year – from 1,200 to 4,500. We have also employed 5,200 professionals to deal with the current pressures we are facing.”