The doubling rate of COVID-19 infections in Cape Town is sending off alarm bells as active infections close in on the first-wave record set in July.
At the peak of COVID-19’s first wave in the Western Cape, there were 17,612 active infections on July 6 – that number now stands at 10,706, which is double the number it was two weeks ago. In fact, active cases were as low as 2,115 on 1 October.
The hardest hit part of Cape Town, Mitchell’s Plein, has seen its number of infections double to 500 in just 10 days, according to Western Cape government data, reported in by Times LIVE. In Philippi, which falls under the southern health subdistric, active infections grew from 525 to 1,076 in 12 days. The Klipfontein subdistrict, including Delft, Delft South, Gugulethu, Nyanga and Manenberg, also has a doubling rate of 12 days, and the doubling rate for Cape Town as a whole is 13 days. Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay (the Garden Route) had 3,506 active infections on Thursday.
Active infections in the city of Cape Town, as a whole, now stand at 5,182 but it has taken three weeks for the hospitalisation rate to double.
However, the rate of increase in infections is now matching the incline of the worst period of the first wave of COVID-19 infections in Cape Town and it has naturally become a cause for concern.