During a digital press briefing on Wednesday, the Western Cape Government listed five main areas within the province that have been identified as “hotspots.”
Using satellite imaging, the province revealed where higher numbers of Covid-19 cases are being detected. According to the briefing, the provincial government have identified clusters of outbreaks with most of the cases in the province being among essential service workers, such as retail staff.
WC officials also said it had been focusing all resources on testing, screening, tracing, support, and prioritising treatment of the most vulnerable from these “hotspots”, however, the projections by the province’s experts say that 90% of people will only have mild or no symptoms at all.
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As of Thursday, the Western Cape recorded over 11 000 cases of the virus with 235 deaths and 5677 recoveries. The province said it believed that having the highest rate of infections in the nation simply meant that community transmission has seeded earlier in the Western Cape and that the rest of the country could soon see the same uptake in infections.
Also presented was a visual breakdown of each area with COVID-19 clusters. The visual data was provided by Dr Melvin Moodley, (Director of Strategy at the Department of Health) and WC Premier Alan Winde during the briefing.
The info is admittedly only 70% to 80% complete and accurate, but the department felt it was still important to share as calls from the public for more concise and clear information are getting louder.
Take a look at the info below and visit the Western Cape COVID-19 dashboard for daily updates.
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The hotspots identified so far are:
Western – Du Noon
Southern – Hout Bay
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Hotspot for the Table View, Parklands, Sandown, Du Noon, Burgundy Estate area on May 18. (Supplied by Western Cape government)
Tygerberg. (Supplied by Western Cape government)
Khayelitsha has two hotspots: One on the southern part of the N2, between Mew Way and Spine Road:
Khayelitsha 1. (Supplied by Western Cape government)
The second hotspot in Khayelitsha is at the northern part of Baden Powell Drive, moving towards Mitchells Plain.
Khayelitsha 2. (Supplied by Western Cape government)
The next hotspot is in the Klipfontein region, which includes Gugulethu, Athlone, Manenberg and Bridgetown.
Gugulethu is displayed as a hotspot in the centre of the slide, with Manenberg, Heideveld and Crossroads on either side. (Supplied by Western Cape government)
Southern Hout Bay, Hout Bay Heights and nearby Bel Ombre are also hotspots.
Hout Bay hotspots. (Supplied by Western Cape government)