The Western Cape government has issued an urgent hotspot alert for the Garden Route
This is due to the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the area.
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A statement issued by the WC government today said this spike is mainly contributing to the notable growth of active cases in the Western Cape.
The areas that have seen a huge spike in cases are George, Knysna, and Bitou.
George has the highest number of active cases in the province at 628.
New cases recorded over the weekend:
- 160 new cases in George
- 145 new cases in Knysna/Bitou
- 41 new cases in Mossel Bay
- 7 new cases in Hessequa
“Along with the increasing number of cases in the region, we are also seeing the number of hospitalizations increase. Our hospitals still have sufficient capacity to cope with the surge in cases, however, we must all be taking responsibility to ensure that we are able to contain the further spread of the virus.”
“The hotspot team for the Garden Route has increased surveillance, through screening and testing. We are also working closely with the municipalities, environmental health teams, and stakeholders in the region to manage and contain the spread. This includes a concerted communications campaign in the area. We are also paying special attention to vulnerable groups, including old age homes,” read the statement.
Hotspot alert issued for the Garden Route 📢
The WC Gov has issued an urgent hotspot alert for the Garden Route, due to the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 cases in that area.
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) November 17, 2020