Northern Cape MEC for Health meets with with the local Outbreak Response Team.
THE COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and mass testing campaign will get under way in Hantam Municipality next week, following a meeting that was held with the local Outbreak Response Team on Wednesday.
The MEC for Health, Maruping Lekwene, and the acting head of department, Dion Theys, met with the team, as well as Right-to-Care representative Dr Eula Mothibi, to discuss the Northern Cape Department of Health’s resurgence plan of action in the broader local Hantam municipal district.
According to the latest statistics, there are 449 positive cases in the Hantam area, where three deaths were recorded and six new confirmed cases were reported as of January 19.
There are 87 people who are deemed to have recovered, while there are a total of 359 active cases that are being monitored.
The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced an additional 137 people testing positive for Covid-19 in the Northern Cape as of January 19, bringing the cumulative total to 29,894 positive cases in the Province.
Mkhize indicated that this was the second successive day where less than 200 new positive cases were reported in a single day.
The Pixley ka Seme District recorded the highest number of positive cases, 86, followed by Frances Baard with 24 cases, while 10 cases were reported in Namakwa District, nine cases in John Taolo Gaetsewe and seven cases in ZF Mgcawu. One case is unallocated.
The majority of new cases in the Pixley ka Seme District have been located in the Emthanjeni municipal area, with 42 new cases, while 25 cases were recorded in the Umsobomvu municipal area
Mkhize also announced two additional Covid-19-related deaths.
According to the previous report on January 18, a total of 13 deaths were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 511.
The total number of active Covid cases in the Province stands at 4,647, with a recovery rate of 83 percent.