Matric Rage declared a Covid-19 'super-spreader' event
The Health Department has issued an urgent announcement to all parents and learners who attended Ballito Rage event to get tested for COVID-19 after it was identified as a ‘super-spreader’ event.
“We confirm that we have now identified a number of COVID-19 confirmed cases arising from these super-spreader events. This, therefore, means that if you attended any of these Rage events, you are now regarded as a contact,” said Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize.
The Minister has since urged Ballito Rage attendees to immediately go into a 10-day quarantine period as per the Department of Health Guidelines on Quarantine and Isolation.
“We also urge that all Rage attendants test for COVID-19. We also encourage parents to take their children who have attended Rage for testing as soon as possible,” the Minister stressed.
According to the Ballito Rage organisers, despite all efforts before and during the festival and at all their controlled venues, they have received reports that some attendees have subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
“In addition, we are aware of four staff working on behalf of suppliers who have let us know directly they have tested positive,” Ballito Rage's statement read.
The organisers are advising any person who attended any Rage Festival event in KwaZulu-Natal or any other event, bar, house gathering, restaurant or other places during the same period attended by matrics be considered high-risk and follow the guidelines immediately whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, all Plett Rage ticket sales have been suspended until further notice.
“We want to reiterate that Plett Rage did not take place this week and is scheduled to take place from 29 January to 6 February 2021,” the Plett Rage organisers said on Facebook.
The Minister has since warned South Africans against large gatherings.
“This is a clear illustration that large gatherings which involve the consumption of alcohol are a major risk and continue to undermine our eﬀorts to contain the spread of the virus,” he added.
Done By: Mitchum George