The OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape is working on a new strategy to deal with the rising number of new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the area. The municipality has been identified as one of the province’s hotspots.
Spokesperson Zimkhita Macingwane has encouraged communities to be vigilant and prevent the spread of the virus.
“The technocrats are going to craft a new strategy; a differentiated strategy how we are now going to deal with the reducement of numbers. Now that the president has said we are a hotspot, we need to have a differentiated approach and see how we are going to encourage people to play their part to reduce the infections in their communities.”
INFOGRAPHIC: COVID-19 statistics in South Africa
Meanwhile, South Africa has recorded 17 710 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 1 039 161.
The country has also recorded 465 new COVID-19 related fatalities on Wednesday.
In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says most of the new deaths were recorded in the Western Cape.
“Regrettably, we report 465 more COVID-19 related deaths: 88 from Eastern Cape, 4 from the Free State, 41 from Gauteng, 144 from KwaZulu-Natal, 16 from Limpopo, 7 from Northern Cape and 165 from the Western Cape,” says Dr Mkhize.
This brings the total number of deaths to 28 033.
Recoveries currently stand at 867 597.
The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 6 553 761.
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