Monday , January 25 2021

Could the WC see a resurgence of COVID-19 cases this holiday season?



The Western Cape Health Department on Friday revealed that the number of cases in the subway had increased by 73%.

Diving masks protect medical staff at Tygerberg Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Western Cape Government.

JOHANNESBURG / CAPE TOWN – Health authorities warned South Africans to be extremely careful during this holiday season and to follow all precautions to avoid a re-emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Many people are expected to go on vacation during the December break, and travel between the provinces will peak.

While some provinces, such as Gauteng, currently have stable infection rates, experts warn that a recovery is highly possible.

Provinces such as Western Cape and Eastern Cape are already seeing an increase in infections.

The resurgence of COVID-19 in Cape Town has worsened as the number of cases continues to rise.

The Western Cape Health Department on Friday revealed that the number of cases in the subway had increased by 73%.

There was also a 28% increase in deaths.

Cape Town has over 3,900 active cases and the province has over 8,400 cases.

Areas of concern in Cape Town include Mitchells Plain with 185% growth, Khayelitsha with 92% and the southern sub-district with 87%.

Garden Route has also seen a 117% increase in new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days.

Shimoney Regter from the department said: “Reports show that social gatherings, while not respecting safeguards, have had many positive cases.”

Prime Minister Alan Winde also met with the government on Friday, where they discussed practical ways to slow down and manage the spread of the infection.

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