Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

In maps: Six of South Africa’s worst COVID-19 hot-spots

These pinpoint maps show just how close some South Africans are to the biggest COVID-19 hot-spots that are currently flaring up.

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As South Africa edges towards a lighter version of lockdown in the next few days, there are some regions that will have to remain in a form of ‘Level 4 detention’. There is a clutch of COVID-19 hot-spots causing major concern for local and national governments, and the problem areas have been now been mapped.

We have the Western Cape Government to thank for these images – the six worst-hit regions and sub-districts in the country reside in the south-west. During a digital presentation on Wednesday, officials highlighted the areas currently experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus cases in the Western Cape

The Western Cape itself has recorded 187 of South Africa’s 312 deaths, and more than 60% of all COVID-19 cases have been reported in the province. Despite the grim figures, Premier Alan Winde is confident that the WC will move to Level 3 with the rest of the country – even if Health Minister Zweli Mkhize thinks otherwise.

However, local officials face an enormous task if they are to justify easing their restrictions…

COVID-19 in maps: The worst-affected places in South Africa:

(All regions here are in the Western Cape, but also qualify as the country’s biggest hot-spots)

Tygerberg

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Tygerberg is the worst hot-spot in SA: Cravenby, Elsies River, Delft and Belleville South have all had spikes in COVID-19 cases

South Khayelitsha

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In Khayelitsha, there are two main hot-spots, one in the southern part between Mew Way and Spine Road…

North Khayelitsha

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…The second is in the north, next to Baden Powell and Mitchell’s Plain

Klipfontein

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Klipfontein is one of the worst-hit districts, with Gugulethu, Heideveld, and the Athlone areas all reporting flare-ups of COVID-19

Hout Bay

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There is cause for concern in Hout Bay: The southern area is badly affected, and requires metro-wide focus to resolve

Witzenberg:

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The most at-risk district outside of the Cape Metro is Witzenberg: Tulbagh, Ceres and Belle Vista all have COVID-19 hot-spots.

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