’Tshwane should not let Covid-19 guard down’

By Liam Ngobeni 16m in the past

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Pretoria – Despite Covid-19 constructive each day instances dropping from greater than 2 000 to 200 in latest days, this does not imply residents should let their guard down, the City of Tshwane’s Lovey Pule has mentioned.

The deputy director for communicable illness management within the metro mentioned whereas the numbers had considerably dropped, there have been nonetheless worrisome areas.

Pule mentioned it was because of this that the metro launched into a screening and testing marketing campaign ranging from yesterday on the Quagga Centre.

Similar campaigns can even be held in Hammanskraal, Akasia, Ekangala and Atteridgeville.

“The reason for these areas being singled out is because we are seeing a number of positive cases coming; we always look at situational reports from the province, look at where we have numbers of positive cases and identify where interventions are needed.

“We also have areas that do not have a high number of positive cases, but there are areas of concern. As such, there is a team targeting wards in Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Winterveldt, doing educational campaigns and screening, and if found with symptoms, a person is referred to the nearest clinic.”

Pule mentioned their division had been on guard even earlier than the ban on alcohol, which did have an effect on numbers, and have been nonetheless on excessive alert to shortly attend to areas of concern.

“At the moment, since the end of January, the cases went down; they were lingering at around 300, and from February 4 we have been at about 250 and 200. We are able to manage this because the numbers are low. We have been using different means to reach out to people in areas of high traffic.”

MMC for well being Sakkie du Plooy mentioned it was essential to proceed with the screening and testing, and the metro needed to be ready if there was a 3rd wave coming because the capital sees lots of eco exercise and travelling.

“We have identified the hot spots and we will keep getting the mobile truck out to service these areas so we can screen and test all as necessary. This helps alleviate the numbers going into clinics.”

He mentioned the western a part of the metro had been the best when it comes to numbers for the reason that starting, and ”We must do all that we will to convey the Covid instances down and ensure that there may be compliance”.

Du Plooy mentioned he was not frightened with the ban on alcohol being eased leading to constructive numbers as extra individuals exit.

“I know when alcohol is involved some people disregard their safety. We understand the industry and the economic importance of it in terms of job provision. I think the reason all the numbers came down is because people are more cognisant of the virus and its effects on society, and there is more discipline, and despite the risk there is not high concern of numbers spiking.”

With the brand new variant proving to be extra prevalent and lethal in younger individuals, Du Plooy mentioned they have been conserving an eye fixed out on areas that see massive crowds, equivalent to liquor shops, to keep away from them being super-spreaders.

“We cannot police everyone, but if members of the public take matters into their own hands, such as adhering to regulations and wearing their masks, (there will be no problem),” mentioned Du Plooy.

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