NICD concerned as three provinces see Covid-19 upsurge

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  • Covid-19 cases are increasing in the Northern Cape, Free State and the North West.
  • The NICD is working with the provinces to determine whether cluster outbreaks caused the increase. 
  • The Free State recorded the second-highest number of new Covid-19 in the country. 

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is working with teams in three provinces to determine the cause of an upsurge in Covid-19 cases. 

In a statement on Wednesday, the NICD said there had been an upsurge of cases in the Northern Cape, North West and Free State. 

"The team is working with the respective provinces to ascertain whether the rise in cases can be attributed to cluster outbreaks and recommend increased testing and contact tracing to contain the situation and limit further spread," said Dr Harry Moultrie, senior epidemiologist at the NICD. 

In the latest NICD numbers, the Free State has the second-highest number of new cases in the country at 129, followed by the Northern Cape with 128. The North West recorded 105 new cases.

Most new cases were recorded in Gauteng with 245. 

Last month, several schools in the Calvinia area in the Northern Cape were closed after a cluster outbreak.

"We want to reassure the South African public that we are actively monitoring the situation in these provinces and will keep the community informed of any new developments," said Professor Adrian Puren, the NICD's acting executive director.

Moultrie said as the April school holiday season starts, it is important for people to follow non-pharmaceutical measures like wearing masks and social distancing to minimise transmission of the virus.  

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