- Fake news has been spreading on WhatsApp in the Western Cape about COVID-19 infections being on the rise in the province
- Premier Alan Winde warned residents that the messages making rounds on social media are indeed fake news
- Winde urged Western Cape residents to continue being vigilant and continue with safety measures to curb the spread of COVID-19
Fake news messages about COVID-19 have been making the rounds on social media and Western Cape Premier Alan Winde warned residents not to share the news.
There is news spreading in the Western Cape that COVID-19 infections are on the rise in the province.
Winde said in a statement on Friday: ’’This is fake news and I call on residents not to share it."
Winde wrote on social media, : "We’re aware that a message is doing the rounds on WhatsApp regarding an increase in COVID-19 cases at Groote Schuur Hospital. This is fake news."
Currently, only 5% of people in the Western Cape province are admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 reasons. 528 of people are in the hospital, with 116 being in intensive care units.
Winde said that COVID-19 infections were continuing the decline in the province and that this was good news. He also said that residents should remain vigilant and do everything in their power to prevent a rise in infections.
’’We must however remain vigilant until such time as a vaccine is found and widely available. This requires us to continue to wear our masks in public, keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from any other person, and wash or sanitise our hands, and high traffic surfaces regularly.," he said.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that David Makhura opts to redeploy MEC after Covid-19 PPE tender scandal. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has opted to strip Health MEC Bandile Masuku of his position in response to scandals connected with Covid-19 relief. Makhura had met with African National Congress leadership in order to discuss the embattled MEC's fate and evidently determined to cut ties with Masuku.
This comes after a Special Investigations Unit report blamed Masuku as the responsible party for the personal protective equipment scandal that prompted him to voluntarily step aside.
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