In a statement, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, said there are teams working with the respective provinces to ascertain whether the rise in cases can be attributed to cluster outbreaks.
“We recommend increased testing and contact tracing to contain the situation and limit further spread,” said Dr Harry Moultrie, Senior Epidemiologist at the NICD.
With the April school holiday in full swing and many travelling and having social gatherings, complying with non-pharmaceutical measures to minimise transmission of the virus remains vital.
This includes the proper wearing of masks, practising good hand hygiene and maintaining a physical distance of at least 1.5 m from others. Where possible, social activities should take place outdoors or in well-ventilated areas/rooms with open windows and doors, as proper ventilation plays an important role in reducing transmission.
“We want to reassure the South African public that we are actively monitoring the situation in these provinces and will keep the community informed of any new developments,” said Prof Adrian Puren, the NICD’s Acting Executive Director.
The NICD monitors the number laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and tests performed on a daily basis, and associated resurgence metrics. The DATCOV hospital surveillance platform monitors COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital in all provinces of South Africa.