Klerksdorp Record, web - The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the North West Province as of Wednesday 3 June is 314, an increase of 44 from previously reported cases. There are 59 recoveries and still one reported death.
MEC Madoda Sambatha expressed his concern saying the mines around Orkney and Rustenburg are Covid-19 hotspots.
Most of the new cases is in Matlosana (16) and Rustenburg (15).
The Bojanala District (Rusenburg) has the highest cases at 186 with 33 recoveries and 1 death with Dr Kenneth Kaunda (Klerksdorp and Potch) at 99 with 20 recoveries. Most of the cases in this district (79) are in Matlosana.
Sambatha said just over 3 million people (actual number 3,025,199) have been screened. “This is good progress considering the total population of North West now stands at just below 4 million (3,961,698) people. Those referred for testing are 2 636. Mass screening and contact tracing remains key to prevention of rapids infection and all districts are above 90 percent contact tracing and all suspected cases are referred for testing,’’ he said.
North-West Province’s COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases contributes <1% to South Africa’s burden of cases. Bojanala remains the epicentre followed by Dr Kenneth Kaunda. This is because the majority of the active cases are in Bojanala Platinum district (60%; 153/255) followed by Dr Kenneth Kaunda district (31%; 79/255). Of the total confirmed cases, 38 % (120/314) are linked to clusters of cases in the mines in Bojanala Platinum (79%; 95/120), Dr. Kenneth Kaunda (19%; 23/120) and Ngaka Modiri Molema (2%; 2/120).
According to Sambatha more effort is needed to curb the disease from spreading to mining communities.
He said miners should be screened before they could start work and those who come from hotspot provinces like Western Cape, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape should be screened and tested before they start working again.
Mining companies have been urged to make sure that mine workers who test positive and their contacts are isolated at quarantine sites approved by Government. Mines that were lagging behind in terms of compliance and case management have been ordered to work with district health chief directors to ensure compliance.