The Western Cape health department may be spared the cost of referring state patients to private hospitals if the region’s apparent decline in coronavirus infections continues, it emerged on Thursday.

After an initially rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, Cape Town is now seeing hospital admissions and deaths stabilising and the first signs of a possible decline, said Western Cape head of health Keith Cloete. His observations echo those of medical scheme administrator Discovery Health, which last week said it saw indications that the province’s epidemic may have reached its peak...

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