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Western Cape intensifies war against virus to save the vulnerable

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With more than 61% of SA’s total Covid-19 cases and 73% of the country’s deaths, the province is in a race to protect especially the vulnerable and aged – and experts blame tourism for causing the virus hotspot.


19 Jun 2020
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Western Cape intensifies war against virus to save the vulnerable

Members of a family dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) carry the casket containing the body of a man who died of Covid-19 for a Muslim burial at the Klip Road Cemetry in Grassy Park, Cape Town, on June 9, 2020. The 54 year old school taxi driver died earlier in the day. Picture: RODGER BOSCH / AFP

With the Western Cape firmly in grip of the Covid-19 epidemic, with the highest infections and deaths, the province is now in a race against time to save the vulnerable, the aged and those with comorbidities such as tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes from almost certain death. The Western Cape has had 45,357 Covid-19 cases – more than 61% of the country’s total – and reported 1,200 deaths – more than 73% of the country’s total. Explaining the reasons for the province’s spike in infections, head of provincial health department Dr Keith Cloete said it all pointed to early community transmissions,...

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