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NC records highest daily number of Covid cases

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The Frances Baard and Pixley ka Seme districts both record more than 200 cases in a single day.

THE FRANCES Baard and Pixley ka Seme districts in the Northern Cape have recorded an unprecedented number of Covid-19 infections, where over 200 cases were reported in each district in one day.

The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said an additional 615 Covid-19 cases were reported in the Northern Cape on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases to 5,970.

“Another record high this week, where the highest daily number of cases were reported.”

The Frances Baard District recorded 222 new infections while Pixley ka Seme recorded 217 cases, followed by ZF Mgcawu with 102 cases, John Taolo Gaetsewe with 64 and Namakwa with 12.

The Sol Plaatje municipal area recorded the most new cases with 165, while in the Siyathemba municipal area 103 cases were reported.

Mkhize stated that for the first time since the start of the pandemic in the Province, Frances Baard and Pixley ka Seme had recorded more than 200 cases in a single day.

“There was one newly recorded Covid-19-related death that occurred in the last 72 hours in the Sol Plaatje municipal district. The Province’s total cumulative deaths have increased to 979.”

He added that 209 people were reported to have recovered from the disease in the past 72 hours.

“The Province’s average recovery rate is at 84 percent, representing a cumulative total of 37,700 people who have recovered from Covid-19.”

It was further stated that a total of 9,343 health care workers had been vaccinated in the Province so far.

Meanwhile, Lenmed Royal Hospital and Heart Centre in Kimberley stated on Monday that it was prepared to safely treat Covid-19 patients in the event of a third wave of infections.

Hospital spokesperson Michelle Naidoo said the facility had protocols and infrastructure in place for the safe transfer of patients out of the Province should the need arise.

“All safety procedures remain in place at the hospital and visiting continues to be restricted. Lenmed encourages our communities to continue to adhere to all safety precautions including correctly wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and consistent hand hygiene,” said Naidoo.