These are Joburg and Cape Town’s coronavirus hotspots

Gauteng and the Western Cape are the two provinces which have been hardest hit by the coronavirus, with the highest number of cases concentrated in select areas.

As of Sunday (4 May), the Western Cape has reported a total of 3,044 cases. This is nearly twice as much as the Gauteng which has second-most provincial cases at 1,624.

The Western Cape government says that the majority of its cases have been reported in the Western suburbs (500 cases), followed by Tygerberg (488 cases) and Khayelitsha (391 cases).

Notably, most cases appear to be concentrated in and around the Cape Town area, with relatively few cases reported in other major municipalities such as Stellenbosch (20 cases).

The below graphic provides more detail on the areas which have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the province:

The most number of cases in Gauteng have been reported in Johannesburg (920), specifically in city region E (260 cases) which includes suburbs such as Alexandra, Wynberg, Sandton and Houghton.

This is followed by city region B (152 reported cases) which includes suburbs such as Randburg, Rosebank, Emarrentia, Northcliff and Parktown.

As of Sunday (4 May), there are now 6,783 positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa.

This is up by 447 from the 6,336 Covid-19 cases announced on Saturday – and the highest 24-hour tally to date in the country.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Sunday evening (3 May), that a further eight people have died from the virus, taking total deaths to 131.

He added that a total of 245,747 people have been tested, with 15,061 people tested in the past 24 hours. Mkhize said that more than 7.2 million South Africans have been screened.


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These are Joburg and Cape Town’s coronavirus hotspots