Following in the footsteps of the Garden Route, the Cape Town Metropolitan Region has officially been branded as a COVID-19 hot-spot by Premier Alan Winde and his colleagues. The move comes after local authorities confirmed that the Western Cape is now in the grip of a ‘coronavirus resurgence’.

Why the Western Cape may be hit with ‘local lockdown restrictions’

Due to the acceleration in recorded cases, hospital admissions, and the proportion of people testing positive since the beginning of November, it’s understood that the Western Cape Government is now assessing all of its options – and that includes the reintroduction of more severe lockdown restrictions ahead of the festive season.

Although the specifics have not been outlined, it’s thought that limits on gatherings and hospitality are being considered. New cases have soared by 52% in the past week alone, putting politicians and medical professionals in the south-west on high alert. Test positivity rates are increasing too, and stand at 16% in the province.

Cape Town now a ‘coronavirus hot-spot’

Here are the official COVID-19 hot-spots in the Western Cape – along with other regions that are being monitored:

  • Regions declared as official hot-spots: The Garden Route, Cape Town Metro / Municipality.
  • Areas of concern: Cape Winelands.
  • Under close observation: The Overberg District, Central Karoo District, and West Coast District.

Cases rising in Cape Town, Western Cape

Official data provided by Wits University shows exactly why Cape Town has been slapped with hot-spot status. Every major district in the city and its surrounding areas is showing a notable uptick in cases. Tygerberg, Eastern and Western Suburbs, and Klipfontein are showing some of the more considerable spikes in COVID-19 rates:

Photo: covid19sa.org
  • Meanwhile, cumulative data for the Western Cape show that the growth in total cases is moving at a faster pace:
Photo: covid19sa.org

Local lockdown inbound? Premier warns of worrying figures

Alan Winde detailed the stark reality of these developments on Wednesday, revealing that ‘no one area’ is driving up cases in Cape Town. Alarmingly, every sub-district is experiencing a significant spike…

“This growth is primarily driven by two districts in the Western Cape: the Garden Route and the Cape Metro. Last week, we issued a hotspot alert for the Garden Route, following an alarming growth of cases in the area. This surge has continued to gain momentum and there are now more active cases in George and Knysna sub-districts than ever before.”

“The City of Cape Town is following a similar trajectory to this region and looks to be about 10-14 days behind. We are therefore also issuing a hotspot alert for the Metro. It is important to highlight that the growth in cases in the City is being recorded in every sub-district and is not being driven by any one area. This is verified by waste-water treatment testing.” 

While the growth in cases province-wide has mainly been driven by these two districts, we are also worried about the Cape Winelands, which is starting to record a concerning number of new cases. The Overberg District, Central Karoo District, and West Coast District are being closely monitored given their proximity to these hotspots.”

Alan Winde

All data provided by the Western Cape Government and covid19sa.org

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