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Winde says WC govt has plans to curb spread of COVID-19 in hotspots

The Western Cape, which is the epicentre in South Africa, recorded 359 new infections, pushing the total number of cases in that province to 5,168.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde gets tested for COVID-19: Image: Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Sunday said he was concerned that the Western Cape and Eastern Cape together were responsible for 84% of new COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Western Cape, which is the epicentre in South Africa, recorded 359 new infections, pushing the total number of cases in that province to 5,168.

On Sunday, Premier Alan Winde said they were working on an approach to tackle hotspot areas: “We’ve got our hotspot strategy, so over the next two weeks, we will be making sure that citizens are actively following the rules.”

Winde and other provincial government officials held a briefing with the health minister at the weekend due to concerns around the rapid spike in cases in the province.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the Western Cape later this week.

Meanwhile, the national Department of Health said the delay in the turnaround time for laboratories to give South Africans their results remained a challenge.

More than 341,000 tests have been carried out since the outbreak in South Africa.

Deputy acting director general in the department Yogan Pillay said: “We would certainly like to get the test results much sooner. The benchmark is about 24-48 hours turnaround and there may be challenges were people live quite far from the laboratories.”

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has surpassed the 10,000 mark with a total of 10,015.

The Western Cape now has 5,168 cases

The province is followed by Gauteng with 1,952 infections and KwaZulu-Natal where 1,353 people are being treated. 4,173 people have recovered.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.