As we approach the festive season, a short-term, hard lockdown might be on the books for the Western Cape, following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases along the Garden Route and Cape Town metro.
On Friday, Premier Alan Winde chaired a meeting for plans to reduce the number of new infections, and according to the NICD, the observation on the increase is mostly driven by the Garden Route, where the infection rate gradually increased from mid-October.
Director of research and development at UWC, Professor Burtram Fielding, the resurgence could cause a possible second wave, and the prevention highly depends human behaviour in the next few weeks, how how the infection will be dealt with.
#HealthSpotlight— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 29, 2020
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize returned to the Eastern Cape province for the second time in two weeks as the province battles a resurgence in positive COVID-19 cases – this time to oversee efforts to curb the transmission of the virus. pic.twitter.com/1CcBWZ7rFa
'Lives of those already infected with #COVID19 are saved in hospitals. But the battle against the spread of the virus happens in communities'. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize pleads with South Africans to practice basic #COVID19 prevention. pic.twitter.com/GoINipVoiM— Department of Health (@HealthZA) November 29, 2020
Heath Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said no official decision has been made yet regarding a second hard lockdown in the Eastern Cape, however should a decision for another lockdown be made, it will be evidence based.
As at 29 November, there are 2563 new COVID-19 cases.