Western Cape Premier Alan Winde remains very open about the prospect of wheeling back the province’s lockdown measures, as cases continue to surge in several hot-spots. Both the Garden Route and the Cape Town Metro regions are under severe scrutiny, as local outbreaks sent the COVID-19 infection rates soaring.
COVID-19 CASES IN THE WESTERN CAPE
The neighbouring Eastern Cape is already staring down the barrel of reintroduced restrictions, with some speculating that a version of ‘Level 3 lockdown’ could return to the province. Last week, Zweli Mkhize hinted that changes were afoot – and it seems the Western Cape is heading in a similar direction.
Local hot-spots – or clusters – are driving up national numbers. With a hectic travel period due in December, the chances of the virus spreading climb sharply. South Africa could be hit by a second wave of COVID-19 if we’re not careful, and it looks like those in the south-west are already on course for some vital interventions:
WESTERN CAPE HOT-SPOTS AND THE ‘DANGEROUS DATA’
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
- The seven-day average is 2 900. In the previous seven-day period, cases were at 1 600.
- A total of 724 patients are currently in hospital – with dozens in ICU – after testing positive for the virus.
- Tygerberg, Mitchell’s Plain, and the Western and Southern Suburbs have experienced the sharpest case increases.
- In the Garden Route, the seven-day average is now 2 645 cases. That’s compared to 1 190 cases in the preceding seven days.
- A total of 242 patients are now in hospital with COVID-19.
- George, Mossel Bay, and Knsyna have been branded the most ‘infectious’ regions, with cases more than doubling this week.
ALL MUNICIPALITIES IN THE WESTERN CAPE
- The Garden Route is now experiencing a higher number of cases than it was during the ‘first wave’.
- The City of Cape Town has hit a three-month high for new infections.
- The Western Cape’s District Municipalities are averaging their worst totals since the middle of our winter surge.
WEEKLY AVERAGES PAINT A GRIM PICTURE
- Over 1 100 people are now in hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
- The weekly average for cases in the Western Cape has almost trebled in the past eight weeks.
- The average spiked by almost 1 000 cases – the highest figure since winter.