Tebogo Msimanga |
The MEC for North West Health, Madoda Sambatha has raised concerns over the increase of daily Covid-19 positive cases across the province. The North West province has been experiencing an increase number of Covid-19 cases in the past 7 days, with an average of 300 cases reported daily.
MEC Sambatha said since the beginning of June, the province has been recording over 400 cases daily and Bojanala and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts have been hard-hit by the recent resurgence of positive cases.
“This raises a grave concern for the provincial health system as it points out to a potential crisis if our communities do not take preventative measures to curb the spread of infections, we therefore urge our communities to assist us to protect our fragile system by adhering to preventative measures”.
Sambatha added that people are beginning to live as if they are back to normality. “We see this in how shopping complexes, taxi ranks, and domestic activities like funerals get over-crowded. This is likely to add to more increase in the number of new cases”.
The North West province has so far recorded 78 836 positive cases, 70 077 have since recovered which translates to 88.9% of the recovery rate. The province has recorded 1 949 covid-19 related deaths to date.
He said the province is making significant strides in the fight against the Coronavirus with 70 209 vaccines administered to date. Sambatha urged communities to adhere to preventative measures of social distancing, sanitize, wearing of masks, avoid crowded places and unnecessary travel.