RAZINA MUNSHI: The Western Cape’s problem could soon be the whole country’s
Premier Alan Winde’s call for the province to be moved to level 3 of lockdown is a risky strategy. Can it really reopen parts of its economy when it is the epicentre of the spread of Covid-19 in SA?
Health minister Zweli Mkhize is right to worry about SA’s rising Covid-19 infection rate. The number of people infected with the virus is climbing daily as rapid community transmission hits parts of the Western Cape.
On Sunday the biggest single-day jump in new infections was recorded: over 1,000. By Monday night the total figure had jumped to over 16,400, the Western Cape accounting for over 10,000 of those. Data from Media Hack shows that for every 100,000 people in the Western Cape 136 have contracted Covid-19. Yet in Gauteng the infection rate is just 15 per 100,000 people...