At Level 3, Gauteng will adjust its strategy for Covid-19 focal points according to the number of cases in each ward so that focal points can be effectively intervened.
Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura says the province’s Covid 19 figures will no longer be analyzed only by districts and sub-districts.
The provincial Covid 19 Command Council provided more information at a media briefing on Friday about its response to the outbreak and burns as well as law enforcement during the containment.
South Africa had 27 403 confirmed Covid-19 cases on Friday morning, of which 14 370 people had already recovered. The death rate is 577.
A total of 12% of the country’s confirmed cases are in Gauteng, of which 10% are active cases. Johannesburg has the most cases in the province, followed by Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. These three metro areas were classified as hot spots.
The province’s plan is to use multidisciplinary teams, including public health officials and Cuban doctors, in wards.
“We have now improved our strategy for focal points, in addition to what we have done before, such as testing people and tracking contacts and placing people in isolation or quarantine,” says Makhura.
“Due to the changing geography of the focal points, especially those in townships, a strategy based on wards is needed.”
The teams will identify high-risk areas, such as malls, public transport and areas where children play and exercise.
“This approach will also help us ensure that every place of worship and every public school is monitored in a ward. It’s a collective effort to make sure everyone complies with the regulations, ”he says.
“We don’t want to wait until there are too many cases in a ward. So, for example, if we identified ten cases in a ward, there would be significant interventions. “
The information the teams collect will be used to adjust the strategy for Covid-19 testing, contact tracking, isolation and quarantine plans and hospital bed allocation.
Bandile Masuku, Gauteng Health MEC, says only the National Board of Governors can decide what level of containment can be put in place and the province’s focus now is on managing the focal points.