COVID-19: Sandton, Alex among Gauteng’s virus hotspots

The Gauteng Health Department has issued out a mapped breakdown of the province's coronavirus hotspots.

COVID-19: Sandton, Alex among Gauteng’s virus hotspots

Most of Gauteng’s COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the City of Johannesburg, with the likes of Sandton and Alexander among the province’s hotspots.

As of Tuesday evening, the province had recorded 1 199 of South Africa’s total cases, making it the heaviest affected in the country.

Gauteng COVID-19 municipal breakdown

It is its most populated metro which has turned up as the hotspot, with 721 positive cases.

According to a report shared by health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku, Sandton, Houghton, Orange Grove, Alexandra and Wynberg have a total of 227 cases between them.

Other areas to have recorded a notable number of COVID-19 infections include Randburg, Rosebank and Northcliff.
Ekurhuleni is second in the province terms of positive cases, with 257 infections.

“Out of a total of 7 103 contacts traced [individuals who were in contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19] 2 973 people have completed the 14-day monitoring period with no symptoms reported and therefore they are de-isolated,” a statement issued out by the department said.

Gauteng Health Department

South Africa has recorded a total of 3 465 COVID-19 cases, with the death toll sitting on 58 as of Tuesday.

Gauteng has reported over a third of these and, along with the Western Cape, is one of two provinces to have crossed the four-figure mark.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde issued out an update on Wednesday afternoon, revealing that the province’s toll is at 1 068, with 22 deaths recorded.

This places the Western Cape second in terms of death toll behind KwaZulu-Natal, who have lost 23 lives after 671 infections.

Elsewhere, numbers in the Eastern Cape have been steadily rising over the past week, with the number of positive cases now sitting at 345 with five deaths, while the Northern Cape still has the least infections with just 16.

Source : The South African More