The Western Cape still has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa. Premier Alan Winde announced that there are 16 958  active cases  of the virus within the province’s borders as of 1pm on Tuesday, July 7.

Provincial government has a coronavirus dashboard that provides vital information in fighting the pandemic, and this also helps keeps residents abreast of the latest cases and recoveries, as well as what the number of cases are for each suburb.

The ten suburbs with the highest number of cases in the province include: 

Guguletu – 1859

Khayelitsha – 1488

Philippi – 944

Nyanga – 931

Leiden – 866

Langa – 803

Delft – 739

Mfuleni – 725

Harare – 535

Delft South – 502

According to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) health spokesperson Wendy Philander, the provincial cabinet has approved a COVID-19 strategy to beat the virus. “It allows the government to delve into areas of high cases where people live and not only points of origination and addresses a wide variety of factors that lead to the spread in any particular area. Our provincial government has been implementing the strategy long enough to ensure we offer the best possible response to COVID-19 in the top-10 hotspots,” she said.

“As we approach the extended peak I welcome the provincial government’s comprehensive response and wish to encourage residents to use public quarantine facilities to limit the spread and keep their loved ones safe. Along with the launch of the Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility and Hospital of Hope at the CTICC, the hotspot strategy also removes pressure of acute and/or local healthcare facilities to cope with the demand for care,” Philander added. “The launch of the provincial bed-bureau last week further boosts efficiency in the provision of care.”

The City of Cape Town has encouraged residents to ensure they take care of their health during the pandemic as clinics within the municipality have noted a 67% drop in immunisations among children.

The City of Cape Town has taken stock of clinic attendance during the COVID-19 lockdown, and some areas are emerging as potential future concerns,” said Mayco Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien in a statement. “A key message during the COVID-19 pandemic has been that people should stay home to limit the risk of transmission. I encourage our residents to continue doing that, but please, not at the expense of other health priorities.”

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.