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DEVELOPING: Coronavirus COVID-19 in Cape Town. Updates + practical tips
The Western Cape has 2,566 active Covid-19 cases
Latest update: 25 September 2020
Currently there are only 2,675 active cases in The Western Cape out of the 108,226 confirmed cases reported during the lockdown.
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COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA: THE SITUATION NOW
The national total of confirmed cases stands at 667,049 as stated in the last official report from the National Department of Health on 25 September.
- 4,102,162 tests have been conducted
- 667,049 cumulative total of confirmed cases
- 595,916 recorded recoveries
- 16,283 deaths
COVID-19 UPDATE IN WESTERN CAPE: THE SITUATION NOW
As of 25 September, we have 109,363 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province according to the Western Cape Government.
Below are the Western Cape stats:
- 522 956 tests have been conducted
- 109 363 cumulative totoal of confirmed cases
- 102 642 recorded recoveries
- 4,155 deaths
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEK...
SA COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO DROP
South Africa takes 10th place on the global Covid-19 scale with just under 10,000 new cases this week. Spain and Argentina overtake South Africa with around 10,000 more cases. The United States remains firmly at the top with India second and Brazil third, Mia Lindeque reported in EWN.
THE ACTIVE INFECTION RATE IS ALSO DROPPING
At the height of the coronavirus outbreak, the Western Cape saw more than 17‚600 active cases. As of Wednesday, 23 September, Business Live reported a drop to 2,492 active cases in the province. Even Cape Town, once the national hotspot, reported a drop to 1,383 active cases with a recovery rate of 94.2%. You can find out more via Business Live.
GLASSES FOUND TO HELP AGAINST COVID
A recent study from China discovered that people who regularly wear glasses were less likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19. Researchers wrote that the eyes, like the nose and mouth, is a potential entry point for infection and found that glasses may act as a defensive barrier for your eyes.
After looking at 276 hospitals in China, they found that less than 6% of the patients regularly wore glasses. However, “experts say it's understandable why eye protection may be linked to coronavirus protection, but it's too soon to suggest everyone shield their eyes,” Anna Medaris Miller wrote in Business Insider South Africa.
WATCH: NEW CORONAVIRUS MYTHS GET BUSTED BY EPIDEMIOLOGISTS
Science Insider brought back epidemiologists Syra Madad and Stephen Morse six months later to debunk 14 NEW myths about the coronavirus. Some of these myths include washing vegetables with bleach, young kids having immunity, warm weather slowing down the virus and more. Brush up on your Covid-19 knowledge even more by getting familiar with the answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus.
HOW SOUTH AFRICA WILL EASE OUT OF LOCKDOWN
There is a risk-adjusted lockdown strategy in place. There are 5 levels, which will work similarly to loadshedding. These levels will be implemented based on the number of new infections and healthcare system readiness. We are currrently under level 2 lockdown.
For the latest regulation changes that should come with a new level, read our lockdown news update.
HOW THE CORONAVIRUS HAS AFFECTED TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT
Interprovincial travel is allowed under level 2, but not international travel. Public transport is operational. Stay up to date with the government’s travel precautions.
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