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Fears heighten as over 2000 people test positive for COVID-19 in Amajuba District

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Are Newcastillians taking the pandemic seriously? Is our community doing its utmost best to help curb the spread of the virus?

On Thursday evening, July 23, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation. The seriousness of the situation evident in his face.

“As of this evening, the total number of confirmed cases stands at 408,052. South Africa now has the fifth-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world and accounts for half of all the cases in Africa,” Ramaphosa said.

Recently, local GP, Dr Francois van Niekerk explained how the number of local cases are rising dramatically. With the virus affecting people from all walks of life, Dr van Niekerk emphasises we are now in the same situation as what the UK, Italy and France were a mere three months ago.

Read more: Local GP, Dr Francois van Niekerk discusses COVID-19 in Newcastle

Dr van Niekerk is not the only professional who is encouraging people to take COVID-19 seriously. National Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize recently issued a statement, explaining that while the government is mobilising every resource and faculty to fight the spread of the virus, the government cannot do it alone.

“Every single South African now needs to focus on adhering to recommendations pertaining to non-pharmaceutical interventions.”

He adds the government is concerned that fatigue seems to have set in, which sees South Africans letting down their guard at a time when the spread of infection is surging.

“We see poor or no social distancing in communities. Masks are being abandoned or not worn properly and there is laxity setting in around frequent hand washing,” he said.

With doctors and government officials urging us to take the necessary precautions, are we truly doing our part?

Nationally, as of July 23, there is 408 052 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 6093 deaths. The number of recoveries currently stands at 236 260 which translates to a recovery rate of 58%.

Where does the Amajuba District stand amidst the pandemic?

As of July 23, the Amajuba District has seen a tremendous spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. As per the figures released by the KwaZulu-Department of Health on July 23, there are currently 2 478 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the district.

The number of COVID-19 related deaths has increased to 18 people. The number of recoveries stands at 222.

Be sure to do your part in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Follow the necessary regulations, protecting yourself and your family.

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