One in 200 infected with Covid-19 in Cape Town's worst-hit areas

26 May 2020 - 16:26 By Dave Chambers
Khayelitsha has a Covid-19 infection rate of one in 200 on May 26 2020.
Khayelitsha has a Covid-19 infection rate of one in 200 on May 26 2020.
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One in 200 people in two areas of Cape Town has been infected with Covid-19, provincial statistics showed on Tuesday.

In Khayelitsha, with a population of 401,000, just over 2,000 people have tested positive. It is just 66 days since the township recorded its first case.

In the neighbouring health sub-district of Klipfontein, which has infection hotspots in Delft, Delft South, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Manenberg, 1,934 residents out of 380,000 have tested positive.

Khayelitsha has 773 active cases (38.6% of the total), while in Klipfontein there are 1,032 active cases (53.4%). The southern sub-district has 1,193 active cases (64.4%), thanks to infection hotspots in Philippi and the Hout Bay suburb of Imizamo Yethu.

Overall, Cape Town had 559 new reported Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 13,746, which means the city is home to 87% of infections in the Western Cape and 58% of all infections nationally.

The number of active cases in Cape Town went up by only 40, but this is likely to reflect the backlog of 18,000 test results, which brought a fresh plea to President Cyril Ramaphosa and health minister Zweli Mkhize on Tuesday from premier Alan Winde.

Fifty-two new deaths in the Western Cape brought its total to 357, which is 74% of the national total of 457.

Data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases May 24 report on Covid-19, which is based on surveillance at 204 hospitals.
Data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases May 24 report on Covid-19, which is based on surveillance at 204 hospitals.
Image: National Institute for Communicable Diseases

The extent to which the Western Cape is the centre of the country's Covid-19 outbreak is illustrated in a National Institute for Communicable Diseases report based on data from 204 hospitals - 150 private and 54 public nationwide - up to May 24.

The province dominates every category listed, and is responsible for 73% of all patients on ventilators. 


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