Mkhize has sounded the alarm about Gauteng’s coronavirus infection rate – these suburbs are most affected

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has warned that Gauteng will soon become the coronavirus epicentre of South Africa.

In a statement on Sunday evening (28 June), Mkhize said that the entire country is likely to see an increase in cases, but it will be the country’s economic hubs which will be hardest hit.

“We are seeing a rapid rise in the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases indicating that, as we had expected, we are approaching a surge during the latter winter months of July and August,”  he said.

It is anticipated that while every province will, unfortunately witness an increase in their numbers, areas where there is high economic activity will experience an exponential rise –  beginning with Gauteng and Western Cape and followed by Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.”

He added that in coming days, Gauteng will emerge as the province with the highest Covid-19 numbers. Mkhize said that the factors contributing to this trend are:

  • Inward migration;
  • The large population (especially in metros like Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane);
  • Increased congregating which spurs cluster outbreaks;
  • The level to which people are able to adapt to new behaviours such as social distancing and the wearing of masks.

“When the national lockdown was eased to level three, there was a large inward movement of people as economic activities resumed,” he said.

“The surge that has been witnessed in the past two weeks has developed due to seeding of infections carried in by members of the community as they moved back into the workplace.

“It was therefore inevitable that there would be cluster outbreaks as infections spilled over from communities into places of congregation such as mines, factories, taxis and busses.”

Hotspots 

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Gauteng as at 27 June sits at 34,285, with 8,580 recoveries and 166 deaths.

The province’s Department of Health says it has seen an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases across its hospitals over the last 14 days which has resulted in high demand for oxygen and ventilators.

It cautioned that as more cases are reported, the number of admissions and bed occupancy rate for critical patients has increased which put more pressure on ventilators, oxygen points and oxygen supplies.

Looking at the data from a district level, the City of Johannesburg has reported the most cases (16,712 cases), followed by Ekurhuleni (7,196) and Tshwane (5,381).

The below table details the cases per district in more detail.

District Cases New cases Deaths Recoveries
Johannesburg 16 712 1 349 84 4 924
Ekurhuleni 7 196 633 33 1 907
Tshwane 5 381 565 21 1 074
West Rand 2 247 167 12 543
Sedibeng 1 207 99 16 132
Unallocated 1 542 115 0 0
Total  34 285 2 928 166 8 580

Johannesburg

Sub-district Total sub-district Recoveries sub-district
City of Johannesburg F (Inner city and Johannesburg South) 3 886 1 194
City of Johannesburg D (Doornkop, Soweto, Dobsonville, and Protea Glen) 3 082 991
City of Johannesburg E (Alexandra, Wynberg, Sandton, Orange Grove, Houghton) 2 576 734
City of Johannesburg B  (Randburg, Rosebank, Emmarentia, Greenside, Melville, Mayfair, Northcliff, Parktown, Parktown North) 2 036 574
City of Johannesburg C (Roodepoort, Constantia Kloof, Northgate, Florida, Bram Fisherville) 2 015 510
City of Johannesburg A (Diepsloot, Kya Sands, Dainfern, Midrand, Lanseria, Fourways, Ivory Park) 1 447 442
City of Johannesburg G (Orange Farm, Wellers Farm, Ennerdale, Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Protea South) 1 320 395
Unallocated 350 84

Tshwane

Sub-district Total sub-district Recoveries sub-district
City of Tshwane 3 (Atteridgeville, Laudium, Pretoria CBD, Hercules, Danville, Saulsville, Lotus, Pretoria West) 1 829 355
City of Tshwane 4 (Lyttelton, Eldoraigne, Waterkloof, Olievenhoutbosch, Rooihuiskraal, Silverton, Centurion, Brooklyn, Hatfield) 1 129 198
City of Tshwane 1 (Ga-Rankuwa, Mabopane, Winterveldt, Soshanguve, Rosslyn, Karenpark, Wonderboom, Akasia, Nina Park, Orchards, Amandasig, Thereza Park, Pretoria North) 1 016 216
City of Tshwane 6 (Eesterus, Lethabong, Mamelodi, Silverlakes, Garsfontein, Lynnwood, Queenswood, Wilgers, Waltloo, Equestria, Mooikloof, Brummeria) 898 188
City of Tshwane 2 (Hammanskraal, Temba, Suurman, Dilopye, Stinkwater, Ramotse, New Eeersterus, Kameeldrift, Pyramid, Doornpoort, Kekana Gardens, Marokolong, Randstown) 271 68
City of Tshwane 5 (East Lynne, Rayton, Cullinan, Dewagensdrift, Refilwe, Silverton, Onverwacht) 83 20
City of Tshwane 7 (Ekangala, Sokhulumi, Dark City, Zithobeni, Brokhorstpruit, Kanana, Rethabiseng) 79 19
Unallocated 76 10

Ekurhuleni

Sub-district Total sub-district Recoveries sub-district
Ekurhuleni East North 2 (Bedfordview, Benoni, Boksburg, Cheilf Abert Luthuli, Dan Kubheka, Edenvale, Endayeni, Esangweni, Itireleng, Kempston, Lethabong, Ramaphosa, Reiger Park, Van Dyk Park) 1 990 515
Ekurhuleni East South 1 (Alberton, Brackenhurst, Eden Park, Primrose, Germiston, Leondale, Dawn Park, Tswelopele, Vosloorus, Villa Liza) 1 736 464
Ekurhuleni North 1 (Birchleigh, Bonaero Park, Crystal Park, Kempton Park, Olifantsfontein, Tembisa) 1 498 486
Ekurhuleni East 1 (Etwatwa, Daveyton, Brakpan, Tsakane) 683 163
Ekurhuleni South 2 (Thokoza, Greenfields, Katlehong, Moleleki, Zonkiziwe, Palm Ridge) 673 141
Ekurhuleni East 2 (Springs, Kwa-Thema, Duduza, Nigel) 586 109
Unallocated 30 29

West Rand

Sub-district Total sub-district Recoveries sub-district
Mogale City 1 072 148
Merafong City 621 325
Rand West City 463 70
Unallocated 91

Sedibeng

Sub-district Total sub-district Recoveries sub-district
Emfuleni 860 98
Lesedi 170 15
Midvaal 128 19
Unallocated 49

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Mkhize has sounded the alarm about Gauteng’s coronavirus infection rate – these suburbs are most affected