GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The number of Covid-19 related deaths in Knysna and Bitou continues to climb, with Knysna recording its second deadliest week and Bitou its joint-third deadliest week on record.
During the past seven days (23 to 30 December), Knysna has recorded an additional 17 deaths, making it the second deadliest week that KPH has on record.
This also means that all three of Knysna's deadliest weeks have come in December.
The third highest came between 2 and 9 December when 16 additional deaths were recorded (the highest at the time), the second highest was this past week with 17, and then that number is surpassed only by the 19 recorded between 9 and 17 December.
In the past week, Bitou recorded 8 new deaths, making it the joint-third deadliest week on KPH record – tied with the week between 25 November and 2 December.
The week that followed remains Bitou's deadliest, when 18 new deaths were recorded between 2 and 9 December. The second-deadliest week followed, with nine deaths recorded between 9 and 17 December. This means that Bitou's four deadliest weeks have come in November/December.
As of today 30 December, Knysna has recorded a total of 4 131 cases of Covid-19, of which 3 565 have recovered, 124 have died, and 442 are active cases.
Despite the sharp rise in deaths, the number of active cases has dropped by 221, and the number of total weekly new cases has dropped from 216 last week to 206 this week.
The recovery rate has also reached levels last seen in mid-November, currently standing on 86,3%, with the mortality rate at 3%.
In Bitou, a total of 2 227 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded, of which 1 864 have recovered, 85 have died, and 278 are active cases.
Bitou also shows a drop-off in active cases, falling from 362 last week (23 December) to 278 today (30 December). The number of weekly new cases has however increased from 134 (23 December) to 141.
Further, Bitou's recovery rate has also reached levels last seen in mid-November, standing 83,7%, with the mortality rate at 3,8%.
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