KNYSNA | PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - Both Knysna and Bitou sub-districts have seen nominal declines in their active cases, weekly new cases, and deaths in the past week.
As at today, 3 February, Knysna has recorded a total of 4 717 cases of Covid-19, of which 4 489 have recovered, 157 have died, and 71 are active cases.
This indicates that Knysna has recorded 33 new cases of Covid-19 in the past seven days, the lowest number of new cases recorded since 21 October 2020. The number of active cases is also the lowest in Knysna since 21 October 2020.
Knysna has recorded one new death this past week, the lowest since the week of 4 to 11 November 2020, when no deaths were recorded. The recovery rate now stands on 95,17% (up from 94,04% last week), and the mortality rate is now 3,3%, the same it has been the past three weeks.
In Bitou, the total number of cases is 2 644, of which 2 499 have recovered, 104 have died, and 41 are active cases. This shows a total of only 16 new cases of Covid-19 in the past week, the lowest number since 21 October 2020.
The number of active cases is the lowest that Bitou has seen since 4 November. For the first time since the week between 21 and 28 October, there were no new deaths in Bitou.
This has seen Bitou's mortality rate drop a fraction, from 4% last week to 3,9% this week, while the recovery rate is up to 94,52% (92,35% last week).
Second wave impact
While the numbers are dropping significantly, one should not neglect to remember the impact the past three months and the second wave have had on local figures.
Between 4 November 2020 and 3 February 2021, Knysna's total cases have grown by 182,46% while the number of deaths has risen by 201,92%.
It's been even worse in Bitou, where the total cases has increased by 249,51% and the deaths have gone up by 316%.
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