WESTERN CAPE IN PEAK OF ITS THIRD WAVE

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Cape Town – The Western Cape is currently in the peak of its third Covid-19 wave, with a plateauing of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths.

It continues at the same time to record the majority of new cases, accounting for 30% by Tuesday, followed by KwaZulu-Natal, 23%, Gauteng at 19% while the Eastern Cape accounted for 11%.
This week’s test proportion positive rates remained at around 40.8% while hospital admissions were at around 336 new admissions daily.

The Western Cape on Wednesday had 40 295 active Covid-19 infections, with a total number 435 850 cases to date and 379 287 recoveries.

“The Western Cape is currently in the peak of its third wave, with a plateauing of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths. We continue to closely monitor our data for an indication of when we might begin to descend from the peak,” Premier Alan Winde said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) meanwhile on Wednesday announced the next phase in its Solidarity trial: Solidarity PLUS, to test three new drugs in hospitalised Covid-19 patients.

These therapies – artesunate, imatinib and infliximab – were selected by an independent expert panel for their potential in reducing the risk of death in hospitalized Covid-19 patients.

They are already used for other indications: artesunate is used for severe malaria, imatinib for certain cancers, and infliximab for diseases of the immune system such as Crohn’s Disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

The drugs were donated for the trial by their manufacturers.

“Finding more effective and accessible therapeutics for Covid-19 patients remains a critical need, and WHO is proud to lead this global effort,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Solidarity PLUS trial is a platform that involves thousands of researchers in over 600 hospitals in 52 countries – 16 more countries than the first phase of trials.
Artesunate is produced by Ipca, Imatinibis produced by Novartis, and Infliximab is produced by Johnson and Johnson.

 

Article written by: IOL

Photo credit: DW

Link: https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/western-cape-in-peak-of-its-third-wave-6d4a8ba8-076c-4967-8ac9-44014ac0d2e0

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