The North West Provincial Command Council said on Monday that North West is on alert as COVID-19 new infections surge. Madibeng was highlighted as one of the hotpots.
“The North West Provincial Coronavirus Command Council has expressed its concern over the continuing daily increase in numbers of new COVID-19 infections in the province, with the Districts of Bojanala Platinum and Dr Kenneth Kaunda being identified as possible high risk areas,” said Vuyisile Ngesi, spokesperson for the Office of the Premier.
The Provincial Command Council received a Risk Adjusted Report on Friday, 11 December, highlighted numbers in Madibeng, Rustenburg, Matlosana, JB Marks and Mahikeng municipalities that were progressing towards a resurgence. “This was a cause for concern. The Command Council also received a report on the provincial integrated festive season plan which addresses the state of readiness to manage amongst others, the super-spreader events and how service delivery interventions will be carried out during this period,” he said.
The department of health in North West said out that while hospitalisation cases for High Care and ICU are still low, there is a need for the province to monitor and determine its hospital capacity, to ensure that the health system is not overwhelmed during a second wave of infections.
Premier Prof Tebogo Job Mokgoro who is the Chairperson of the Provincial Command Council, reiterated calls made by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, for the public, in particular the youth, to exercise extra care and ensure full adherence to the COVID-19 prevention measures.
Premier Mokgoro said the prevention measures which include the wearing of masks when in public spaces, washing of hands regularly or using an alcohol-based sanitiser and maintaining social distance, remain as critical now as they have ever been.
“We have been told that the second wave was likely to be more devastating than the first one, hence our continued appeal to all citizens to stop the spread of this virus by avoiding large gatherings and unnecessary travels during this period. Whilst we understand the yearning to celebrate the festive season, we urge everyone to understand that this festive season is different”, said Premier Mokgoro.
The Command Council stressed the need for parents with teenage children to manage and monitor their behavior, this following recent confirmation that a large number of new cases were for teenagers aged between 15 and 19 years.