- Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel has alluded to Cape Town remaining on Level 4 lockdown
- Patel insists that the region remains an immense cause for concern amid the Covid-19 outbreak
- This comes as the region contributes almost 60% to South Africa's total infections
Trade Minister Ebrahim Patel has hinted that when South Africa migrates to Level 3 lockdown, Cape Town will remain on Level 4.
This comes at a time when the region is recording the highest number of Covid-19 infections nationwide.
Sunday saw the region reporting 9 294 infections and 156 fatalities and Patel has made it clear the city remains an 'enormous outlier' for Covid-19 cases.
With South Africa recording 1 160 new infections, nearly 900 were in the Western Cape, with a large portion on this in Cape Town itself, Briefly.co.za reported.
The minister acknowledged that the Democratic Alliance, which governs in the province, is lobbying against the lockdown, but says that the 'comparative analysis' speaks volumes on its own:
“I’d like to emphasise that we must depoliticise the crisis. We have to put all our differences aside and work hard to contain the spread of coronavirus. We need less grandstanding. In terms of other provinces, we’ll be taking into account the feedback from each region, then Ramaphosa will make an announcement soon.”
Patel also voiced concerns over the transmission of cases from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape:
“Cape Town is now an enormous outlier in terms of infections: We’ve done comparative analysis between all districts, and without question, this is a worry. There’s also a flow of transmission from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape. The virus can still flare-up elsewhere: it could be Johannesburg or Durban next.”
Patel says that after Ramaphosa details the game plan, the government will be bolstering efforts to improve the situation in Cape Town, a clear indicator that life won't be returning to normal any time soon.
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