The Western Cape government has reported an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases.
In the last seven days, the Western Cape province has recorded a 20% increase in the number of new cases primarily driven by cases recorded in the Garden Route district.
In a statement, Premier Alan Winde said: “We are particularly concerned about the increase in the number of cases in George, Knysna, and Bitou, where the test positivity rate is around 32%.
He said the province’s hotspot teams are hard at work to manage and contain the spread of infections.
“As with previous bushfires in other areas of the province, we are working hard to manage this flare up and ensure that it does not spread further.
“I must appeal to residents in the Garden Route and across the Western Cape to make safe, smart choices to protect themselves and others at this time.”
He also said the province and the Garden Route has recorded a slight increase in the number of hospitalizations.
“We currently have a total of 74 hospital admissions in the Garden Route (Covid positive and persons under investigation), with 15 of these in critical care,” he said.