The Western Cape has been experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 infections. The province recorded 1 712 new cases in 24 hours between Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4.

As of 1pm on Thursday, the Western Cape has 10 706 active COVID-19 infections. On Friday, the province had 12 418 active cases

In the last few weeks, both the Garden Route and the Cape metro in the Western Cape, as well as Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape have been earmarked for their rise in COVID-19 infections.

While the Western Cape was spared during President Ramaphosa’s address, Nelson Mandela Bay was officially declared a hotspot.

Premiere Alan Winde has instituted a three-pronged approach to managing the resurgence in the province.

“In line with our commitment to a whole of government approach to flattening the resurgence of infections in the province, we have been working with traffic, law enforcement, environmental health officers and SAPS on increased enforcement of safety protocols and the alert level 1 regulations,” said Premiere Winde in a statement.

He continued: “As part of these operations, overseen by our Disaster Management teams, roadblocks have been held at key entry and exit points to the province, including the N2 at Grabouw and also outside of Beaufort West.

“On the Garden Route, roadblocks are planned for key routes around Mossel Bay, and compliance checks are also being conducted at businesses, pubs and taverns. In Knysna inspections are also being conducted at businesses and public amenities.”

On Friday [December 4] The Western Cape’s Disaster Management Centre deployed law enforcement officers to keep the city’s nightlife spots in check. Two bars were issued with a notice of non-compliance to COVID-19 regulations and risk facing closure if they do not adhere to the rules in place.

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Article written by

Imogen Searra