GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Since the beginning of October, an increase of 120% in new active Covid-19 cases was reported in the Kannaland area, followed by 80% in Bitou and 65% in the Mossel Bay area.
The average number of active cases in the Garden Route has shown an increase from 244 to 279 over the past week, however, compared with the beginning of October, there has been an overall decrease from 311 to 279.
In the past week, a total of 227 new infections was recorded in the district, bringing the total number of recorded cases to 10 320. Up until Tuesday night, 13 October, 369 deaths have been recorded, six of which during the past week.
59 new cases in George
George recorded 59 new cases in the past week and now has 104 active cases. As of Tuesday night, 13 October, the total number of cases recorded in George stands at 3 672.
In a media statement by the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) this week, Disaster Management chief Gerhard Otto expressed his concern about some people not adhering to hygiene protocols.
"From what I have seen many people in the Garden Route no longer abide to these basic rules, not only compromising their own health but also the health of those around them."
He warned that in other countries it has been demonstrated that a "second wave is directly linked to human behaviour".
Otto referred to news reports about a 25-year-old man from the United States with no comorbidities who got infected for a second time. The second infection was much worse and the man was hospitalised.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said in a statement last week the expanding of testing criteria in September saw an increase in the number of tests being conducted in the province. However, the average test positivity rate has remained below 10%.
"This, coupled with other indicators such as the number of deaths, hospitalisations, and oxygen consumption (currently 38% of total capacity), gives us reliable evidence that infections in the province are still declining."
He urged citizens to rather support businesses that put everyone's safety first and to report businesses who do not adhere to safety protocols.
According to the expanded testing criteria in the province, anyone who is symptomatic will be tested. Coronavirus testing is now also conducted in the case of pre-op patients (asymptomatic), natural deaths at home as well as symptomatic public sector essential workers, prisoners, learners and school staff and workers in workplaces.
This is thanks to laboratories coping well with the demand for testing.
GARDEN ROUTE CASES AS OF 13 OCTOBER
- Total 10 320 cases (9 672 recoveries, 369 deaths)
- George 3 672 (3 458 recoveries, 110 deaths)
- Bitou 646 (611 recoveries, 24 deaths)
- Knysna 1 575 (1 505 recoveries, 49 deaths)
- Mossel Bay 2 448 (2 319 recoveries, 69 deaths)
- Hessequa 332 (309 recoveries, 18 deaths)
- Oudtshoorn 1 516 (1 348 recoveries, 98 deaths)
- Kannaland 131 (122 recoveries, 1 death)
WESTERN CAPE CASES AS OF 13 OCTOBER
- Total confirmed cases 112 318 (105 347 recoveries, 4 270 deaths)
NATIONAL CASES AS OF 13 OCTOBER
- Total confirmed cases 694 537 (616 857 recoveries, 18 028 deaths)
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