Tshwane prepares for surge in COVID-19 infections

The City of Tshwane is appealing to residents to follow COVID-19 regulations, as it's seeing an increase in new infections. It says this might be linked to illegal festive season gatherings. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Tshwane says it has seen an increase in COVID-19 in the past few weeks.

It says it might be linked to illegal festive seasons gatherings.

Authorities are pleading with residents to continue to follow precautionary measures.

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The city says it has conducted screenings at hotspots to try and curb the spread of COVID-19.

Health MMC Sakkie du Plooy says the situation has not reached crisis level yet.

"We started preparing some time ago, since the beginning of December, just to give you an idea of how serious it is in the City of Tshwane with the spike that we have experienced," says Du Plooy.

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In the first few weeks of December, the city had an average of 266 new cases, with an average of four people dying per day.

"Now in the first week of January, it has escalated to 1,286 cases per day and 29 deaths on average," he says.

According to Du Plooy, their preparation as a city is ensuring nobody from clinics go on leave.

"But they are exhausted, people have been working now for months, especially over December."

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