By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The Free State department of health led by the MEC Montseng Tsiu, has confirmed that the province is in the third wave of the outbreak and more Females in the province are infected by the Covid-19 pandemic at the rate of 60%.
“We are appealing to our communities to take care of themselves and adhere to all Covid-19 non-pharmaceutical measures because there is no cure for Covid-19 and all its emerging mutating variants,” said MEC for health, Tsiu.
Tsiu is urging community members to continue obeying lockdown rules. “Our communities must ensure that they play their part and protect the health system from getting overwhelmed if everyone gets sick. Our current ability to treat people may not last if unnecessarily stretched to the limit by non adherence to Covid-19 measures.”
This is after the provincial health department confirms that 60% females compared to 40% males have tested positive for Covid-19. Out of the 90 776 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province, at least 53 969 females have tested positive for Covid-19.
In total, the Free State province has confirmed 90 766 Covid-19 cases with 83 154 recoveries, which is 92% of the recovered patients.
“There are 438 new cases: 167 in Mangaung Metro, 55 in Fezile Dabi, 122 Thabo Mofutsanyana, 83 in Lejweleputswa, 11 in Xhariep and 0 unknown district,” said the departmental spokesperson Mondli Mvambi.
At least 3 911 deaths were reported in the province since the announcement of the pandemic in South Africa. The provincial case fatality rate is 4.3%. “…with the highest case fatality rate reported in Thabo Mofutsanyana and Fezile Dabi Districts.”
The majority of the Covid-19 deaths fall within the age group of 45 years and above [3413/3911].