- Western Cape Health authorities say that the province is set to overtake Gauteng as the region with the highest number of coronavirus cases
- This comes after the province recorded 1 068 confirmed cases and five new fatalities on Wednesday
- The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal now have the same number of fatalities linked to the virus
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The Western Cape province is preparing for a rapid spike in the number of coronavirus infections and even deaths over the next few days.
The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces now have the same number of Covid-19 fatalities after the latter had topped the charts from the onset of the outbreak.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Western Cape had recorded 1 068 confirmed cases and a total of 22 fatalities on Wednesday.
Speaking to Cape Talk FM, Dr Keith Cloete, the provincial head of the Health Department, predicts that the Western Cape seems set to overtake Gauteng when it comes to the highest number of infections
"In all likelihood, in the next two or three days, we will overtake Gauteng. We're also expecting the deaths to rise. We will probably be the number one province, in terms of deaths, very soon. We are increasing the number of cases... we are chasing up results, we've got big groups of positive cases that have come from clusters, mainly originating in a few supermarkets, factories and workplaces."
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A number of Western Cape retailers were forced to close their doors after workers tested positive, this included a Shoprite branch in Bothasig.
The stores had no choice but to stop operating in a bid to determine how many infections had occurred, with the sick workers sent home to isolate themselves.
From the beginning of the outbreak, Gauteng recorded the highest number of infections, with the largest international airport bringing in sick foreigners and citizens alike.
However, this now seems set to change if the predictions from Cloete prove to be true.
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