'Mini-lockdowns' on cards for Western Cape as hospitalisations climb

'Covid-19 numbers are still climbing in the Garden Route and now in Cape Town too, and this is very concerning for me' - premier Alan Winde

Tanya Farber Senior science reporter
The Western Cape has seen more than 80 new Covid-19 hospitalisations in just two days.
The Western Cape has seen more than 80 new Covid-19 hospitalisations in just two days.
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As Covid-19 infections rise again, Western Cape premier Alan Winde has warned that “mini-lockdowns” are a “blunt instrument” but might be the only solution if the resurgence is not stopped in its tracks.

“Covid-19 numbers are still climbing in the Garden Route and now in Cape Town too, and this is very concerning for me,” Winde said on Monday.

He said the growth week-on-week was “way too high” and that “everyone needs to play their part in slowing it down”.

“The last thing we need is a blunt instrument like a further lockdown, but we are investigating options like mini-lockdowns.”

In the past two days, Covid-19 hospitalisations went from 1,020 to 1,104.

The province has had 4,649 deaths from Covid-19, second only to Gauteng.

The Cape winelands has seen an increase in cases of 80%, according to the premier’s office. In the Central Karoo, cases are up  112%.

He also pleaded with Western Cape residents to treat this festive season differently from others.

“We want to enjoy the festive season but we need to do it differently. We need to understand that we have to slow this virus down and keep it at bay,” he said.

He called on those in the province to “scale down end-of-year functions” and “family events”, adding: “Use the funding to help someone in need rather.”

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