Western Cape has biggest one-day leap in active Covid-19 cases

Health minister Zweli Mkhize was in the Garden Route on Friday as Covid-19 infections surge.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize was in the Garden Route on Friday as Covid-19 infections surge.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

The Western Cape experienced its biggest one-day leap in active Covid-19 cases on Friday.

The number of active cases (total reported infections minus recoveries and deaths) increased by 1,712, from 10,706 on Thursday to 12,418.

While the numerical increase was the biggest since the provincial outbreak began on March 10, the daily percentage increase (15.99%) was larger on April 21, when active cases grew from 832 to 968 (16.35%).

Friday's leap means active Covid-19 cases in the Western Cape have doubled in 13 days. There are now almost six times as many active cases as there were at the outbreak's low point on October 1.

If the rolling 14-day average increase in cases is maintained, the Western Cape will set a new record of active cases in the next fortnight. The record was set on July 6 when there were 17,612 actives cases.

The number of active cases in Cape Town on Friday — 5,726 — was up 10.5% on Thursday but the Garden Route has the highest per capita infection rate.

In Knysna more than one person in 100 has Covid-19, while the average per capita infection rate in George, Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay is 0.77 in 100.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize was in the Garden Route on Friday for talks with health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and mayors, and he admitted the resurgence of Covid-19 there had surprised officials.

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