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Spike in infections at Groote Schuur Hospital dismissed as fake news

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The Western Cape Government, in particular its Premier Alan Winde on Friday, called out fake news regarding an alleged spike in COVID-19 infections at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Winde urged citizens to avoid spreading fake news.  

COVID-19 INFECTION SPIKE AT GROOTE SCHUUR HOSPITAL FAKE NEWS 

Winde, took to social media saying that messages making the rounds on social media, WhatsApp specifically, should be ignored. 

“The Department of Health is aware of a message doing the rounds on WhatsApp regarding an increase in COVID-19 cases at Groote Schuur Hospital. This information is fake,” it said. 

“We urge the country not to spread fake news as it is illegal,” it added. 

Winde said that for verified and accurate information, one can visit the Western Cape’s official website.

COVID-19 CASES IN WESTERN CAPE AS OF FRIDAY 

On Friday 9 October Health Minister Zweli Mkhize released the latest report detailing COVID-19 infections. While there have been 688 532 cases recorded nationally, the Western Cape has recorded a total of 112 264 cases. The Western Cape has also accounted for 4 244 deaths and there have been 104 907 recoveries in the province. 

On Friday, Mkhize reported 139 new deaths, five of which emanate from the Western Cape. Despite ongoing deaths, the national recovery rate still stands at 90%. 

MKHIZE CITES AN INCREASE IN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS 

Mkhize also acknowledged that the country had experienced an increase in COVID-19-related deaths. He put it down to data collation. More than 330 people died in the past week, which was cause for concern as the Medical Research Council claimed that there were no excess deaths for three weeks in a row.

Mkhize said provinces have been consulted to ascertain the reason for the increased numbers. He also said they have received reports that the provinces are implementing the recommendations of the Medical Research Council to reconcile the data with home Affairs deaths data. 

“In addition, provinces are auditing the deaths data either by mining data from the DATCOV surveillance reports and identifying unreported deaths or auditing the facilities on the ground,” he said.

“We welcome this robust refinement of data collation as it reassures us that moving forward, we exercise precision in our epidemiological surveillance,” he added. 

While the country navigates lockdown Level 1, there are concerns of a resurgence of a second wave. Government, however, has maintained that it would depend on citizens adhering to the necessary health and safety measures.

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