GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, as well as the Garden Route at large, have been announced as Coronavirus hotspots
The Garden Route is one of five Western Cape hotspots.
The Garden Route was declared a Coronavirus hotspot by the Department of Health on Wednesday, having exceeded the required five Covid-19 cases per 100 000 people.
This now leaves the Central Karoo as the only Western Cape district yet to be declared a hotspot.
Knysna currently has a total of 95 cases and 64 recoveries, while Bitou has a total of 22 cases and 16 recoveries.
According to Knysna Municipality, in hotspot areas, districts will be subdivided into ward clusters to allow for a more targeted and rapid response. These include deploying teams of health experts to analyse and support districts; extreme social distancing measures (including working from home); strict health protocols; and a phased-in approach to return to work.
“Hard lockdown will only be considered if all other measures fail to contain the spread,” said Knysna mayor Elrick van Aswegen. “The truth is that the only way in which we can contain the spread, is to act responsibly and treat this virus with the absolute caution it dictates.
"Level three of lockdown does not mean that we can all return to our normal lives. We have to make peace with the fact that the coronavirus has created a new normal for us. And we must be actively vigilant against its spread.”
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