Ekurhuleni, Covid-19 hotspot of Gauteng

Ekurhuleni, Covid-19 hotspot of Gauteng

Ekurhuleni Covid-19 hotspot of Gauteng

Ramaphosa has detailed how a team of medical experts will monitor the progress of the 12 problematic districts and metros.

South Africa’s Coronavirus Hotspots include,

  • Tshwane
  • Johannesburg
  • Ekurhuleni
  • eThekwini
  • Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Buffalo City
  • Cape Town
  • West Coast
  • Overberg
  • Cape Winelands
  • Chris Hani District (Eastern Cape)
  • iLembe (KZN)

 

These coronavirus hotspot regions are now subject to the following interventions:

  • A hotspot is defined as an area that has more than five infected people per every 100 000 people, or where new infections are increasing at a fast pace.
  • SA ‘will have a differentiated approach’ to deal with those areas that have far higher levels of infection and transmission.
  • Specialist teams who assess the hot-spots will include epidemiologists, family practitioners, nurses, community health workers.
  • Each hot-spot will be linked to testing services, isolation facilities, quarantine facilities, treatment, hospital beds and contact tracing

 

According to IOL, Gauteng Premier David Makura announced that Ekurhuleni is the new Covid–19 hotspot in Gauteng.

 

Ekurhuleni has the second highest number of cases and deaths in the province after Johannesburg, said Makura

 

According to Makura’s presentation last week these are the reported cases.

 

  • Ekurhuleni North 1

(Kempton Park, Tembisa and OlifantsFontein) reported 171 cases

 

  • Ekurhuleni North 2

(Bedfordview, Boksburg and Edenvale)

reported 119 cases

 

  • Ekurhuleni South 1

(Alberton, Vosloorus and Germiston)

reported 106 cases

 

According to IOL, Gauteng Health Spokesperson Kwara Kekana said Ekurhuleni cases were a result of the economic activities happening in the area.

 

“As part of the economic corridor of Gauteng province, the district has many industries, airports and residential areas. It is a densely populated district.

The cumulative number of cases in the district ( recovered and active) were as a result of aggressive screening and testing in communities, door to door, clinics, hospitals, quarantine sites and in businesses and factories that were functioning in the past few months” she said.

 

South Africa’s coronavirus hotspots may be told to move back to level 4 or level 5.

 

“These hotspots will all be monitored, and should it be necessary, these parts of the country may revert to Level 4 or Level 5 if we see a risk of our health facilities being overwhelmed.

However, we’re also aiming to place areas where infections are low to Level 2, or even Level 1 at some point soon.”

Cyril Ramaphosa

 

Sources: IOL, thesouthafrican


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