Coronavirus: Western Cape premier calls on Ramaphosa to announce drastic measures

Alan Winde.
Alan Winde.
Malherbe Nienaber

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called for more drastic measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the number of cases in the province reached 100 - about a quarter of the national total of 402 - on Monday.

In a statement, Winde said it was extremely concerning that the past weekend showed many people were not heeding the call to limit contact with others.

"The safest thing you can do for you and your family is to stay home. This protects not only you, but others who might be at greater risk, such as the elderly. If we don't do this, we will not stop the spread of the virus and the lives of many people will be put at risk."

He said he was keenly awaiting the public announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening.

"We need more drastic measures so that we can stop the spread and save lives. He will have the support of my government in this effort."

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato also announced on Monday the City of Cape Town would be following in the footsteps of other coastal municipalities in closing all beaches.

Plato said the city had seen an increase in beachgoers over the past weekend following the closure of other facilities.

"Until further notice, beaches along Cape Town's coastline will be closed for all activities, be it on the beach itself or in the water."

All swimming, surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, recreational fishing and other beach activities will be prohibited.

Law enforcement officers will be patrolling the beaches to enforce the ban.

 

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