- The Western Cape has recently experienced a dramatic spike in Covid-19 cases, the highest number on a provincial level
- The region has experienced a staggering number of fatalities, almost half of the deaths recorded in SA
- Briefly.co.za explores the reasons behind this sudden change in the situation
The Western Cape has been described by some as the epicentre of South Africa's coronavirus pandemic.
The region recorded over 3 000 cases on Sunday, nearly half of all the cases in the country and overtaking both Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal to become the province with the highest number of recorded cases.
Speaking to Cape Talk FM, Dr Jody Boffa revealed that this is partly due to the fact that more Cape Tonians are getting tested for the virus, in comparison to other provinces.
An exorbitant amount of effort has also been put into tracing people who have come into contact with Covid-19 positive patients.
With 50 out of 131 deaths nationwide, the province is nearing 50% of South Africa's fatalities. This, according to Boffa, indicates that the province truly is experiencing a higher number of cases than other regions.
A large number of people with the virus experience no symptoms, making the issue around tracing potential infections even more complex.
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had confirmed that since the 30th of April over 7 million South Africans were screened for the coronavirus, with over 70 000 referred for testing as the nation continues the battle against the unseen enemy.
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