New Covid-19 Hotspots Declared

In President Cyril Ramaphosa's latest national address, a list of new Covid-19 hotspots around South Africa was released. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that South Africa would be entering a level 3 lockdown effectuve from midnight of the 28 December. 

As the country experiences its second wave of infections of the coronavirus, driven by the new variant of Covid-19, harsher restrictions have been placed on the citizens of the country. 

The new Covid-19 variant, named 501.V2, has made the coronavirus spread more rapidly in South Africa as it is more easily transmissible. 

The President announced the areas around the country identified as hotspots and these areas will face stricter measures to curb the spread of the virus. 

Here is a list of all the Covid-19 hotspots across the different provinces:

EASTERN CAPE:

Chris Hani District, Buffalo City, Amathole District, Alfred Nzo District and the OR Tambo District. These are in addition to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the Sarah Baartman District, which have already been declared hotspots.

WESTERN CAPE:

The West Coast District, Overberg District, Winelands District, Cape Town, Central Karoo District. This is in addition to the Garden Route District.

KWAZULU-NATAL:

eThekwini, Umgungundlovu District, Ugu District, Harry Gwala District, King Cetshwayo District and Ilembe District.

GAUTENG:

The West Rand District, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg are declared hotspots.

NORTH WEST:

Bojanala District

LIMPOPO:

The Waterberg District and the Capricorn District.

South Africans have been advised to avoid travelling to these areas, however no restrictions on interprovincial travel was detailed during the national address. 

Make sure to wear a mask in public spaces, wash or sanitize your hands regularly and keep a safe distance from others to slow down the spread of the virus. 

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