For all the latest news about the coronavirus, click here.

Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 12:49 pm

The Western Cape government has issued an “urgent hotspot alert” after a rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases along the popular Garden Route

According to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, this spike was the main contributor to the notable growth of active cases in the Western Cape.

“Specifically, we are concerned about the increasing number of cases in George, Knysna and Bitou,” said Winde.

“George, which currently has 628 active cases, has the highest number of active cases in the province,” he added.

Over the past weekend, the province saw:

  • 160 new cases in George 145 new cases in Knysna/Bitou;
  • 41 new cases in Mossel Bay;
  • 7 new cases in Hessequa

Due to the increasing number of positive cases, hospitalisations were also on the rise.

Subscribe to our Free Daily All4Women Newsletter to enter

Covid-19: “Cluster activity” must be managed well to avoid full-blown second wave

Winde said that hospitals still had sufficient capacity to cope with the surge in cases, however, he urged people to take responsibility to ensure that the spread of the virus was contained.

The hotspot team for the Garden Route increased surveillance through screening and testing.

“We are also paying special attention to vulnerable groups, including old age homes,” added Winde.

He asked residents and visitors of the Garden Route to continue following Covid-19 regulations such as the wearing of masks, maintaining a distance of 1.5m and avoiding gatherings.

“If you feel sick, stay at home and if you are experiencing symptoms, call the hotline on 080 928 4102 for directions and next steps.”

“On Thursday, my weekly digital press conference will specifically focus on the Garden Route and I will set out more details on our response plans for the district,” said Winde.

Traditional healer jailed for repeatedly raping client

Jayde Panayiotou’s killer handed 2nd life term for murder of elderly woman

He and his co-accused killed Webber four months after he, Jayde’s husband, Chris Panayiotou, and Zolani Sibeko conspired and killed the schoolteacher.

Judge gavel in court. Library with lot of books in background

“I was framed” claims dad accused of killing his 4 children

He told the court he believed a local businessman might be behind the murders because of a row over a business transaction.

weather forecast background - variety weather conditions, bright sun and blue sky; dark stormy sky with lightnings

SA Weather: Wet weekend ahead for some

According to the South African Weather Service, a Yellow (Level 2) Disruptive Rain warning has been issued over the southern parts of KZN and the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape.

Township cinema

Cape Town township gets a pop-up cinema

With his love of movies and experience from working at a cinema, 25-year-old Buhle Sithela has opened his own cinema in Harare, Khayelitsha.

Watch: Cop & security guard foil CIT heist

Watch: Cop & security guard foil CIT heist

A policeman and a security guard were wounded in a foiled cash-in-transit heist, which saw authorities chase the gang from the scene in Macassar and eventually arrest three would-be robbers in Stellenbosch.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.