The Gauteng health department has said 1 322 matric rage revellers have been identified, with 984 of them testing positive for Covid-19
Groups of festival goers – who attended the annual rage event in KwaZulu-Natal – were tracked down and identified in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
“Out of 1 322 students from the Johannesburg and Tshwane districts in the main, 1 050 have already undergone testing for Covid-19. Of these, 984 tested positive. These students had 340 contacts of which 32 tested positive,” department spokesperson Kwera Kekana said in a statement on Sunday.
The department was concerned about unco-operative pupils as healthcare workers continue with contact tracing. At least 99 pupils would not co-operate while 173 others either had supplied wrong contact information or were unreachable.
“We call on those who went to the rage event to quarantine themselves for 14 days and go for testing urgently. Those who test positive will need to isolate for a mandatory 10 days,” Kekana said.
The government has identified parties and other crowded events as super-spreaders this festive season. Authorities have implored South Africans to avoid large gatherings as infections have increased exponentially ahead of the December holiday season.
South Africa has officially entered the second wave with more than 8 000 infections in the past two days.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health reported that the number of positive cases was currently standing at 592 144, with 2 258 new cases registered.
In the absence of a new Covid-19 variant, South Africans can expect the peak of a possible third wave of infections to be lower than what was seen during the second wave.
While the alternative, possibly catching a severe case of COVID-19 is a lot worse (no contest), face masks could be more comfortable and I am happy to report that with AirPop I’m masked up and loving it.
Police in Johannesburg opened a case against a venue owner after party-goers appeared to ignore Covid-19 regulations on Saturday.
Activists with the #PayTheGrants campaign will head to Parliament and the Union Buildings on Thursday to demand that the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant be increased and extended.