Covid-19 update: Winde considering 'mini' lockdown for Western Cape

Covid-19 update: Winde considering 'mini' lockdown for Western Cape

The Western Cape may well face increased lockdown restrictions amid a spike in cases. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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The Western Cape may be seeing a tightening of lockdown restrictions as the province records a spike in infections.

With the provincial government attempting to regain stability, Cabinet will be approached to implement a 'mini' lockdown. explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

Winde is considering a 'mini' lockdown. Image: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images
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1. Western Cape may return to hard lockdown

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has confirmed that he will be meeting with Cabinet on Friday.

The provincial leader is set to discuss measure to limit the movement of residents in the face of a spike in Covid-19 cases.

The regional Health Department confirmed that infections have been on the rise since October, with Cape Town itself recording over 2 000 infections over the past week.

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Winde is considering a 'mini or district' lockdown in an attempt to find solutions to the issue:

"Right now, there is no mechanism to close down a border but that is what we will talk about on Friday - what are the tools on creating a sort of mini lockdown or a closing of down of a region to slow it [the virus] down."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics.

In a statement released by the national Department of Health on Wednesday, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 775 502 with 3 250 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the rise in infections, Mkhize confirmed the latest number of fatalities:

"Regrettably, In the last 24 hours, 118 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 51, Free State 24, Gauteng 7, Kwa-Zulu Natal 2, Limpopo 4 and Western Cape 30 which brings the total to 21 201 deaths."

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The Minister also confirmed that issues had been identified in the Gauteng province:

"As National Department of Health, we have identified that there is a need to reconcile data in Gauteng Province. We have brought this to the attention of the Province and they have indicated that they are in the process of harmonizing the data."

Mkhize commented that this was the reason why no data for the province was recorded on Wednesday.

Earlier, reported Gauteng's Covid-19 statistics are causing some alarm in the province, with records showing that the heavily-populated economic hub has fewer active cases than any other region.

Official data suggests that there is a major issue with the statistics, showing that the province has fewer than 250 active cases, while around 1 600 citizens are receiving hospital treatment for the virus.

Jack Bloom, DA Shadow MEC in the province, has slammed the data as ludicrous and highlighted the importance of accurate figures:

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“Gauteng can’t fight COVID-19 with fake figures. They are becoming more and more ludicrous, providing little guidance in tracking the epidemic to prevent hotspots from developing further. According to the latest figures from the National Health Department, there are only 243 active cases in Gauteng, the lowest in the country despite having the highest population.”

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