Protect yourself from Covid-19

2020-04-14 06:00
Premier Alan WindePHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

Premier Alan WindePHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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There have been considerable efforts made to curb the spread of Covid-19, however cases in the country continue to climb.

While there have been a number of recoveries, there are new cases being diagnosed daily with the death toll rising as well.

This prompted president Cyril Ramaphosa to extend the intended lockdown by another two weeks with the 10 000 fieldworkers expected to continue with the door to door campaign to screen and refer residents for testing.

In the first week, more than 3 000 people had already been screened with 258 of these being referred for testing. The official number of Covid-19 infections in the province on Wednesday 8 April was 510, with 407 of these being from the City of Cape Town.

By Sunday 12 April, these cases had increased to 599, 492 or which are in the City of Cape Town municipality. This was the last confirmed statistic before going to print.

Head of health in the Western Cape Dr Keith Cloete says the areas of greatest concern in the metro are Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain and Klipfontein.

On Wednesday, seven cases were reported in Mitchell’s Plain; Khayelitsha had five cases and Klipfontein had 23.

By Sunday these numbers were 11 for Mitchell’s Plain, 14 for Khayelitsha and 31 for Klipfontein.

“These are the three areas that have the most vulnerable areas within them but it is still the areas with the least cases. Our concern is that we might be having community transmission in those areas,” says Cloete.

In a statement on Wednesday, premier Alan Winde said: “Today, the Western Cape surpassed the 500 case mark, and with every additional case we register, we increase the risk of a vulnerable person being infected. It is important that we all continue to take the necessary steps to ensure we protect ourselves and others. This includes regular hand-washing, not touching your face, and abiding by the rules of the lockdown by staying home.”

Winde added that social distancing when going out, in line with the lockdown regulations, in addition to the other measures mentioned are the gold standard for infection prevention.

Winde again reiterated the need to stay home. “We support the lockdown 100%. It is not going to be easy and we are going to need all of your support across this province to make this happen. We are doing this together, staying home and making sure that we are slowing the curve,” said Winde. “Around the world, we see hospitals can’t keep up. We are going into a lockdown now to keep us below that line. Making sure our hospitals can deal with this virus and create that space. We can only do that if we all do this together. This is in solidarity with our fellow human beings in this province and the rest of the world.”

  • If you are showing symptoms or for more information, call the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) hotline: 0800 029999, Western Cape government Covid-19 hotline: 021 928 4102 or send a WhatsApp to the Covid-19 WhatsApp number: 060 012 3456.

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