A hard, short-term lockdown is potentially on the cards for the Western Cape amid increasing Covid-19 infections in the Cape Metro and Garden Route which could affect festive season activities and holiday plans for many residents and visitors. In the past few weeks, the province has felt the effects of superspreader events. Premier Alan Winde chaired a meeting on Friday to hash out a plan to try to clamp down on the increase of cases.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ weekly epidemiology brief, the increase in cases in the province was driven by the Garden Route’s infection rate, which has increased gradually from mid-October until the current sharp spike.
As of Friday, the Garden Route had 2382 cases seven days ago which more than doubled from the 1100 cases 14 days prior.
George had a 100% increase in cases with 995 new infections, followed by Knysna with 489 cases, a 137% increase.
In the Cape metro, a 73% increase was recorded in a seven-day period, an increase from 1 502, 14 days ago to 2 598 seven days ago.
Mitchells Plain saw the biggest increase at 185%, followed by Khayelitsha at 92%.
Professor Burtram Fielding, director of research and development at UWC, said the resurgence could cause a second wave.
“It depends very much on human behaviour during the next couple of weeks and how we deal with the infections. People mask up now and they stay at home when they are ill. If people neglect those things, the infected numbers could increase and we could very well be in a second wave..”
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Source – IOL