Limpopo's health department has expressed concern about the alarming number of people who are getting infected with Covid-19 in the province.
Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba said on Thursday that at one point in December, the province was recording just 20 new cases a day, but that had significantly increased to 1,575 new infections a day on Wednesday.
“This is the highest ever figure to be recorded in a reporting cycle in the province since the first case of Covid-19. This is a sharp increase from 900 over the previous cycle,” she said.
Ramathuba said the Capricorn district recorded the highest number of infections — with 623 reported on Wednesday alone.
“Polokwane municipality remain on high alert. Vhembe district has also seen a sharp increase with 408 new cases, Thulamela municipality being a focus point, followed by Mopani district with 253 new cases. Greater Tzaneen remains on high alert in the district.
“Though Waterberg district was leading in the province at some point, their numbers are no longer increasing at an alarming rate. The district has recorded 189 new cases,” Ramathuba said.
“This is also the case with Sekhukhune district which has recorded only 98 new cases. However, the department will be watching the two districts closely, which are mining hubs, as the mines will be resuming with activities.”