Friday, November 13, 2020

Covid-19 spike along Garden Route


According to Premier Alan Winde, the government has come up constructional procedures to contain the recent covid 19 cases that has risen in Garden Route.

On his regular virtual news conference, Winde stated that over the past seven days, the Western Cape has seen a 20% increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases with most cases recorded in the Garden Route district. They are particularly concerned about the increase in the number of cases in George, Knysna and Bitou, where the test positivity rate is around 32%.

In order to manage and contain the spread of infections, hot soft teams are working closely with health teams including the SAPS, law enforcement and municipalities. Communication to the Garden Route is done through SMS and social media messaging.

Head of health Dr Keith Cloete said: “The latest data available from the department as of yesterday (November 12) shows that George, where 95 new cases were reported Wednesday, was the worst affected area.

She said they are continuing with ongoing community screening and testing in all the areas with community health workers including in Pacaltsdorp and Uniondale where the team is struggling and under a lot of pressure.

Albert Fritz, Community Safety MEC welcomed the progress made on the implementation of the provincial Safety Plan through its partnership with the Western Cape economic development partnership.

The safety priority is to reduce interpersonal violence, which requires an evidence-informed, data-led, and area-based public health approach to law enforcement and violence prevention, said Fritz.

Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo spoke of her visit earlier to the Bellville Taxi Rank and said: “The message remains the same, we’re open but rely on you, the public, to ensure that we control the infection rate. For instance, crowded areas should be avoided at all costs,” said Mbombo.

BY Everngelista Muza


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