COVID-19 Cases May Increase Over School Holidays

As school holidays have officially begun, the Western Cape Health authorities have warned all to be cautious as the number of COVID-19 cases may rise.

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Most schools across South Africa have closed on Friday 23 April for the first school break and are set to reopen on Monday 3 May 2021.

Dr Keith Cloete, the Provincial Head of Health, has encouraged people to be cautious during the school break, as many families tend to travel and stay at resorts.

This warning came after a report, by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), of a rise in COVID-19 cases in the North West, Northern Cape, and Free State.

An alert was issued by the NICD which stated that signs of a third wave have already been detected in these three provinces.

Dr Cloete warns that although the Western Cape is on a COVID-19 plateau, the public should not relax but continue to practice social distancing and wear their masks when in public.

During the Easter weekend, the province expected an increase in COVID-19 cases, however, thankfully that did not take place. This is why officials are requesting that residents stay cautious during this break.

While officials vaccinate as many Western Cape residents as possible, the residents have been encouraged to flatten the potential curve and push out the onset of the third wave of the virus.

Residents have been encouraged to limit their travelling to high-risk areas, have gatherings outdoors, stick to small gatherings, maintain social distancing, wear a mask and wash their hands as much as they can.

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