Garden Route health authorities worried as COVID cases rise by 95% in last week

This comparison to the previous seven to 14-day period. Western Cape authorities in the region said cases have been rapidly rising in all sub-districts, especially in George and Mossel Bay due to the population density in these towns.

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CAPE TOWN - The Garden Route district in the Western Cape has seen a 95% increase in COVID-19 cases in the last week.

This was in comparison to the previous seven to 14-day period.

Western Cape authorities in the region said that cases had been rapidly rising in all sub-districts, especially in George and Mossel Bay due to the population density in these towns.

Garden Route District health director, Zee Brickles said: “Our hospitals are also starting to become more busy at this point in time. Our regional hospital has seen a significant increase in positive patients being admitted. They have got quite a few patients in the high-care and ICU sector at the moment and staff are taking a bit of strain.”

Brickles is calling on residents to adhere to safety health protocols as nonadherence was what was accelerating the district’s COVID-19 caseload.

“We are concerned that we were supposed to take learning from wave one and wave two in the practice of non-pharmaceutical interventions like wearing masks, social distancing and sanitising your hands, and we’re not seeing this happening, which is what is driving the numbers.”

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