WESTERN CAPE NEWS - The Western Cape Government has issued an urgent hotspot alert for the Garden Route district.
This is due to the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the area.
According to a media release today, this spike is mainly contributing to the notable growth of active cases in the Western Cape.
Of specific concern is the increasing number of cases in George, Knysna and Bitou. George, which currently has 628 active cases, has the highest number of active cases in the province.
- 160 new cases in George
- 145 new cases in Knysna/Bitou
- 41 new cases in Mossel Bay
- 7 new cases in Hessequa
The release goes on to say: “Along with the increasing number of cases in the region, we are also seeing the number of hospitalisations increase. Our hospitals still have sufficient capacity to cope with the surge in cases, however, we must all be taking responsibility to ensure that we are able to contain the further spread of the virus.
“The hotspot team for the Garden Route has increased surveillance, through screening and testing. We are also working closely with the municipalities, environmental health teams, and stakeholders in the region to manage and contain the spread. This includes a concerted communications campaign in the area. We are also paying special attention to vulnerable groups, including old age homes.”
Garden Route residents and visitors to the region are being urged to:
1) Wearing of masks at all times when in public places
2) Avoid gatherings
3) Avoid crowded places, especially when there is poor ventilation
4) Staying at least 1.5 metres apart
5) Washing hands with soap and water regularly
If you feel sick, stay at home and if you are experiencing symptoms, call the hotline on 080 928 4102 for directions and next steps.
Premier Alan Winde’s weekly digital press conference this week will specifically focus on the Garden Route. During the digicon, Winde will set out more details on their response plans for the district.
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