- The Western Cape is enduring a spike in Covid-19 cases, with 11 new fatalities reported on Friday
- This brings the provinces death toll, the highest in the country, has now risen to 87
- Included in this recent cluster of fatalities was nurse Ntombizakithi Ngidi
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has painted a grim portrait of the situation in his province on Friday.
Winde confirmed that the province has recorded 11 new Covid-19 victims, with the death toll climbing to 87.
Amongst the deceased is Ntombizakithi Ngidi, a nurse at Tygerberg Hospital explained Winde.
“This is the second nurse we have lost to Covid-19 in the province, following the death last week of Petronella Benjamin, who was one day away from her retirement."
TimesLIVE reports that this unsettling statement closely follows the ANC's call for the province to return to Level 5 lockdown.
“The ANC wants special lockdown measures tightened during these extraordinary times to lower the fast growth in death, hospitalisation and confirmation rates in this province."
IOL reports that the province had confirmed 4 584 coronavirus cases, with 1 518 recoveries recorded.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the province had ramped up testing efforts after the number of cases spiked.
While this could have contributed to the number of cases increasing so dramatically, the high death toll indicates that there is indeed cause for concern.