Covid-19 update: Social events push Western Cape infection rates up

Covid-19 update: Social events push Western Cape infection rates up

Social events have been blamed for the Covid-19 spike experienced in the Western Cape. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic plaguing South Africa.

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Western Cape health officials are dealing with a spike in Covid-19 infections and it appears as if they have managed to figure out what the leading contributor to the spike is.

This comes after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warned citizens to prepare for a Covid-19 sensitive Christmas.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest stories concerning the pandemic below:

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Winde warned that social gatherings were pushing infection rates up. Image: Twitter/ Alan Winde
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1. Social events behind Western Cape spike

Western Cape health officials have their hands full with an increase in the number of infections in the province, specifically the Garden Route.

Premier Alan Winde led an update on the situation, which saw George and Knysna hitting 1 102 active cases collectively.

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Health Department Head Dr Keith Cloete says that 42% of citizens who recently tested positive contracted the virus at a social event or through meeting up with a friend.

35% Of citizens explained that they had obtained the virus through interactions with family members.

Winde appealed to the public to exercise caution in the build-up to the festive season in an effort to avoid dramatic infection spikes.

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has updated South Africa on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Wednesday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 757 144 with 2 888 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the spike in infections, Mkhize confirmed that a number of new fatalities had been recorded:

"Regrettably, 123 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 35, Free State 31, Gauteng 4, Kwa-Zulu Natal 3, Limpopo 7, North West 31 and Western Cape 12. This brings the total deaths to 20 556."
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The Minister noted that recoveries now stand at 701 534 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,6%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Minister had issued a warning to South Africans ahead of the festive season.

With a slow but steady increase in infections, Mkhize had called on citizens to prepare for celebrations with Covid-19 in mind.

“The day-to-day festivities have to be done differently and it is very important for us to start gearing ourselves for a slightly different Christmas. I’m not talking about the lockdown, I’m talking about just changing the way we enjoy and then end up with an infection.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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