Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - Covid-19 infections are rising rapidly in the North West Province. The province has been experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases in the past seven days with an average of 300 cases reported daily.
The MEC for North West Health, Madoda Sambatha has raised concerns over the increase of daily positive cases across the province.
“North West is currently experiencing a serious spike in Coronavirus cases since last week, an average of 300 cases per day is a huge sign of concern for our province. In the last 24 hours we recorded a total of 426 new positive cases and this gave us 6810 active cases,” the MEC said on Monday 7 June.
Since the beginning of June, the province has been recording over 400 cases daily and Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts have been hard-hit by the recent resurgence of positive cases. These recent developments do not augur well for the provincial health system.
“The Klerksdorp/Tshepong hospital raised alarm this past weekend with an increasing number of hospitalisation for Coronavirus cases in the district. This raises a grave concern for the provincial health system as it points out to a potential crisis if our communities do not take preventative measures to curb the spread of infections, we therefore urge our communities to assist us to protect our fragile system by adhering to preventative measures,” added Sambatha.
Members of the public are also warned of the third wave which accounts to the rise in new daily cases.
“It would seem our people have let their guard down. People are beginning to live as if we are back to normality. We see this in shopping complexes, taxi ranks, and domestic activities like funerals that is over-crowded. This is likely to add to more increases in the number of new cases,” he warned.
MEC Sambatha has urged the public to avoid unnecessary travel, to always wear masks when in public, to ensure social distancing and regularly washing of hands or sanitising.
The North West province has so far recorded 78836 positive cases, 70077 have since recovered which translates to 88.9% of recovery rate. Unfortunately the province has recorded 1949 covid-19 related deaths to date.
The province is making significant strides in the fight against the Coronavirus with 70209 vaccines administered to date.