It seems Gauteng is winning in its fight against COVID-19, but Premier David Makhura has warned, however, that the province is not yet in the clear.
Makhura gave a briefing on the province’s progress in countering the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, 7 August 2020 and gave a breakdown of the latest figures.
“The province now constitutes 35% of all confirmed cases, we got to this situation in June when we said the COVID-19 storm has arrived in the province”, Makhura said.
“We cannot send out a message that we are out of the woods. We don’t want complacency, we must do more as we approach the peak in September”
According to Makhura, Johannesburg is the epicentre with 76,297 number of cases and 970 deaths while most cases are in region D which is the Soweto area.
Makhura: ‘We’re not out of the woods’
As of 6 August 2020, Gauteng has picked up 187,631 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, since the disease was first detected here on home soil back in March 2020.
Makhura said after skyrocketing to become the epicentre with a spike in daily infections over the past two months, the province had started seeing a decline in cases as well as more recoveries.
“While this is comforting, we do not want to send out a message that we are out of the woods”, he said.
“There is a positive story around the recovery rate, which is back at 70%. There is a positive story in the number of active cases. This is a response to the work being done on the ground in the province”
The premier said while the number of people being admitted to hospital had also slowed down, he emphasized that the province was still not over its peak – something which he said they would continue to monitor.
“It may have been a wave, the first wave of the peak. We’re still working on the basis that we will go through the toughest time – that the worst is still to come”, Makhura added.
“This is the right message to send. We don’t want people to think that we are okay, the people who have responded to the message of wearing masks and not going out in public…”