Covid-19 cases surge in northern suburbs

A graphic depicting the rising infections in Cape Town

The rate of Covid-19 infections has shot up in the northern suburbs.

The Northern and Tygerberg subdistricts in the metro this week recorded 77% and 81% increases, respectively, say health authorities.

According to provincial Health Department spokeswoman Shimoney Regter, there were outbreaks in Bothasig and Durbanville while areas such as Kraaifontein, Wallacedene, Edgemead, Scottsville and Northpine are experiencing ongoing outbreaks.

“According to our local surveillance data, the Northern and Tygerberg subdistricts are poised to soon exceed their first-wave levels of active infections,” she said.

Leilah Najjaar, the acting director of the northern Tygerberg subdistrict, said residents in areas experiencing outbreaks should take extra precautions.

“This virus is everywhere, not only in the areas mentioned where there are concerning outbreaks,” she said. “Our hospitals are under pressure in both the public and private sector. We are doing all that we can to fight this pandemic and to keep our communities safe.

“We call on all residents to help us stop the spread of the virus by following the rules and avoiding crowded and confined spaces. Remember to wear your mask, wash your hands, stay home when you’re sick and to keep a distance of 1.5m from others.”

There were 14 new deaths in the Northern subdistrict and 32 in the Tygerberg subdistrict this week, she said.

“It is important that we continue to make safer choices this holiday season and beyond as the virus is still here.”

The public can contact the Covid-19 hotline at 080 928 4102 for further information.