According to the statement that was released by the Health Department yesterday, the Western Cape is the new epicentre of Covid-19 in the country with more deaths and infections. The province now has 1,279 cases, accounting for 32.4% of the country’s total cases of 3,953 and the latest death toll is now standing at 28. This surpasses the death toll in KwaZulu-Natal where 27 people have died.
“It is also notable that today the Western Cape has surpassed Gauteng’s confirmed cases and now has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country. A further analysis is being done as we are observing outbreak clusters in the Western Cape. This means that a large number of people who operate and interact in the same area (eg. factories, shopping centres) are testing positive,” said Dr Zweli Mkhize in a statement.
“We are observing a steady increase in the number of positive cases. While this concerns us, we are also pleased that the intensified community screening and testing campaign is assisting in finding more COVID-19 positive patients. This allows us to take the necessary actions such as isolation, quarantine or hospitalisation if required. The epidemiologists also continue to analyse these trends to in order for the country to better understand the impact of the outbreak as it unfolds,” said the minister.
The minister has commended all the health workers and tracers for their hard work in different parts of the country. He also thanked members of the public for heeding government’s call to participate in the mass screening and testing.
Source: Department of Health