The Western Cape’s health system is under strain – but it is coping.

The province is now officially the epicentre for the nation’s third wave of Covid-19 infections.

As of Monday, the Province has been recording the majority of new cases.

And it also has the country’s highest active case number – currently over 38,000.

Last week, the country’s Covid-19 Modelling Consortium indicated that we’re only likely to reach the peak late this week, or even next week.

But Premier Alan Winde says tighter restrictions aren’t necessary.

Winde believes the current rules strike the right balance between protecting lives and livelihoods.

The Health department’s Mark van der Heever says the main burden will soon shift elsewhere.

“The Western Cape is therefore moving through the peak of its third wave in a different time-scale compared to other provinces, after others have done so already, and others will follow. This is the normal progression of the various waves across the various provinces, as was the case in the first and second waves”.