Makhura: COVID-19 now in townships

COVID-19 has spread to Gauteng's townships. That's according to Premier, David Makhura. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says townships in the province are becoming a hotspot for COVID-19.

He presented the province's coronavirus statistics on Thursday.

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Makhura says while Johannesburg remains the epicentre of infections in Gauteng, townships are now a concern.

The province's townships have been in the spotlight in recent weeks for not fully complying with lockdown regulations.

A spike in cases has been reported in Soweto, Alexandra, Ivory Park and Soshanguve, among others.

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And the premier is concerned.

"COVID-19 is in the townships, this is the message we want to convey," Makhura said.

"People in the townships shouldn’t think that COVID is not for them."

"In the townships, even if it’s 30 cases its still al a lot because the transmission can happen from 40 in a short space of time to huge numbers."

With President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing a possible move to Level 3 by the end of the month, Gauteng authorities say the next two weeks will be crucial in the COVID-19 fight.

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The province says malls will also be targeted to ensure compliance with regulations.

This as its focus now switches to ramping up screening in townships.

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