Virus goes unchecked

Despite a clarion call for the public to adhere to prevention measures, the Free State capital continues to rapidly record new coronavirus cases.

On any given day, an average of 80 to 100 new cases are reported in this city governed by the Mangaung Metro.

Of the 374 new cases recorded across the province between Saturday (31/10) and Sunday (01/11), 177 cases were reported in Bloemfontein.

In these 24 hours, Thabo Mofu­tsanyana recorded 81 new cases, while 59 cases were reported Lejwe­leputswa, 26 in Xhariep and 30 in Fezile Dabi.

According to the provincial Department of Health, the age group of people younger than 20 years accounts for 12% of the cases.

The new reported cases increased the number of confirmed cases in the Free State to 56 921, while recoveries in the province stood at 42 878.

According to the department, the province has a recovery rate of 76%.

Mondli Mvambi, spokes­person for the department, said the Lejweleputswa region remains a great concern because of the high death rate.

“The province’s fatality rate is 2,6%. The highest rate of fatalities are reported within the Lejweleputswa District, and most of the reported deaths is within in the age group of 55 to 64 years,” said Mvambi.

“The median age bracket of Covid-19 deaths is reported as 55 to 74.”

Since the detection of the first cases in March, the province’s death toll has risen to 1 505.

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