CAPE TOWN - Frontline workers in the Western Cape are fast coming under attack from the coronavirus.
The province now has over 1,000 cases and half of those are local transmissions.
In just three weeks, Khayelitsha in Cape Town has gone from registering just a single case to almost 60.
The province has the second-highest number of cases and the second-highest numbers of deaths in the country.
The patient profile is shifting.
From healthier, more affluent patients who had been travelling, the virus is now taking hold in Cape Town’s poorer communities.
“We’ve seen a significant spike in work-based clusters, supermarkets, police stations which is to be expected in an epidemic.
"The only people with legs at the moment are those who are working and that’s essential services, so that’s healthcare workers, supermarket workers and policemen, those manufacturing environments that are still functioning,” said University of Stellenbosch health expert Dr Kerrin Begg.
There are now more than 50 cases each in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and also along the Klipfontein corridor.
Begg says the worse yet to come.
“Absolutely yes, our tsunami is still coming,” she added.
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