- The ANC believes that the Western Cape needs to return to lockdown level 5
- The province is the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the country
- Extensive testing in the province has been identified as one of the reasons there are so many cases
Western Cape has increased its screening rate and as a result, their number of confirmed cases has ballooned. The ANC wants the province to return to level 5 of the lockdown to slow down the rate of infection.
"This province faces its biggest health challenge ever and needs to go back to the Level 5 quarantine urgently to slow down infections," MPL Danville Smith said in a statement.
By Friday the Western Cape had reported 535 more confirmed cases according to News24.
"The DA-led Western Cape government must face the fact that half of the people infected in South Africa come from this province. Hot spots are also shooting up outside of the Cape Town metro like also in the Witzenberg, Winelands and Stellenbosch municipal areas."
"Large groups of people are exposed to infection at shopping centres, farms and factories. And the numbers are set to rise even higher. The ANC calls for a strong presence of national law officials like the SAPS and SANDF in hot spots."
Briefly.co.za learned that the ANC is urging Western Cape Premier Alan Winde to consider applying for special status to return to level 5.
"The ANC says the return to Level 5 is an urgent matter that must be seriously considered. All lives matter."
Dr. Zweli Mkhize and Cyril Ramaphosa would visit the province next week.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Dr. Zweli Mkhize released the latest stats on Covid-19 in South Africa. He confirmed that SA has a total of 8895 cases and so far 178 deaths have been reported.
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