COVID-19 hot-spots: These districts are at risk of ‘tighter regulations’

Although South Africa moved forward together in its shift to Level 3 this month, the decision came with a caveat: Regions struggling with high COVID-19 infection rates could be lumped with ‘tighter lockdown regulations’. Sadly, the major hot-spots in the country are failing to turn the tide.

COVID-19: The worst affected parts of South Africa

With a 74% share of national fatalities, it’s hard to look past the south-west as South Africa’s most troublesome location. But that doesn’t mean everywhere else is off the hook. As the government weigh-up a move to ‘Advanced Level 3’ of lockdown, they are also considering how to handle our major hot-spots.

We’ve looked at the areas experiencing the worst COVID-19 flare-ups, and produced a list of the most vulnerable areas and their sub-districts. Should the government act on their promise, these regions may fall behind the progress being made by other parts of SA:

COVID-19 hot-spots – who could be hit with tougher restrictions?

Western Cape

  • The City of Cape Town and its worst districts

More than 87% of all of the Western Cape’s cases have come in its biggest municipality. A whopping 30 528 infections have been reported in Cape Town alone, which also makes up about 42% of all cases nationwide.

The Western Cape figures vary – as well as harbouring the worst-hit district in Mzansi, it is also home to the Central Karoo, where just three cases of coronavirus have been reported so far. However, another cause for concern in the Cape Winelands municipality…

They’ve now got more than 3 000 infections to report, and the district is the Western Cape’s second most-affected area. Infections are rising as sharply here as they are in the major metropolitan area of Tshwane. The sub-districts of the Drakenstein and Breede Valley feature in the Western Cape’s top 10 list of hot-spots.

  • Tygerberg, City of Cape Town: 5 394 cases.
  • Khayelitsha, City of Cape Town: 4 581 cases.
  • Kilpfontein, City of Cape Town: 4 241 cases.
  • Southern Suburbs, City of Cape Town: 3 613 cases.
  • Mitchell’s Plain, City of Cape Town: 3 544 cases.
  • Eastern Suburbs, City of Cape Town: 3 422 cases.
  • Northern Suburbs, City of Cape Town: 3 420 cases.
  • Western Suburbs, City of Cape Town: 2 303 cases.
  • Drakenstein, Cape Winelands: 1 418 cases.
  • Breede Valley, Cape Winelands: 678 cases.

Gauteng

  • City of Johannesburg in a league of its own, with Ekurhuleni lurking behind

Just under 53% of all cases in Gauteng have occurred in Johannesburg, which has reported over 6 000 COVID-19 patients. One in nine infections in South Africa have either taken place here or in Ekhurhuleni.

The inner city of Johannesburg and its southern suburbs are the most problematic parts of this badly-affected region. Ekurhuleni North – home to Kempton Park, Edenvale, Thembisa, Bapsfontein – is also clocking over 100 new infections per day. This is a worrying number for any single sub-district

Eastern Cape

  • The second-highest fatality rate in the country

The Eastern Cape is still behind Gauteng for COVID-19 cases but overtakes the province when it comes to fatalities. The death rate in the EC is three times higher than it is in the north-east. On Saturday, the Eastern Cape endured its highest daily increase in active cases, soaring by over 800 in a single 24-hour period. Port Elizabeth, as the region’s biggest metro, is responsible for a majority of infections in the Eastern Cape.

(All data has been provided by covid19sa.org)



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