Covid-19 cases rise and president worries about Cape Town region

Western Cape has around two-thirds of the country’s total 40 792 cases.
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: Supplied

Even as South Africa eases its coronavirus lockdown, infection numbers have started to rise quickly and President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday he was particularly concerned about the province around Cape Town.

Western Cape, whose Table Mountain and wine tours make it a leading tourist destination, has become the country’s main coronavirus hotspot, with around two-thirds of the country’s total 40 792 cases. It has also recorded 651 out of the the country’s total of 848 deaths.

South Africa recorded its largest daily jump of cases on Thursday, with 3 267 new cases.

Ramaphosa visited Cape Town on Friday to be briefed on efforts to tackle the virus, including the opening of a new temporary field hospital for mild to moderately sick patients.

“The Western Cape is the epicentre for Covid-19 infections and this concerns us deeply,” he said.

The government is expecting an escalation of cases ahead of a predicted August/September peak and rising community infection rates in densely-packed poor townships. But it is struggling with shortages of test kits, healthcare staff and hospital beds.

“We must increase the number of beds … It’s better to over provide than to under provide because the worst is still to come,” Ramaphosa said.

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Cyril : by the time the government labs process covid tests you will need cemetery plots, not beds. We are about to hit Brazil scale (proportionally adjusted).

In the past week we went from one far-removed case early April to case at work, case in our street, case in a medical provider recently visited.

Take care

Sure, terribly worried about the 40 000, the vast majority of whom will recover.

Not nearly so worried about the 7m people who might lose their jobs, livleyhoods and the 30m who depend on them.

And they are definitely not going to recover in the next two weeks.

Why do we listen to this nonsense and say the president is doing a great job? It’s a self inflicted national disaster and he needs to stop it now!

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