Soaring COVID-19 infections devastate DCC

SEKHUKHUNE – The Sekhukhune District Command Council (DCC) heard during its meeting on Tuesday 12 January 2021 that by Monday, 11 January 2021 the district had recorded 69 new COVID-19 cases for the past twenty-four hours.

That brought the number of active cases in the district during the same period to 536 with 83 coronavirus complications related deaths.

A 1100 new infections were recorded in Sekhukhune district between 21 December 2020 and 11 January 2021. In Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality, Apel, Mohlaletsi, Mashifane Park, Praktiseer and Steelpoort – Helena, Magareng, Thornkliff, Modikwa and Two Rivers are leading in infection rates.

Ga-Moloi, Glen Cowie, Riverside, Marishane, Madibong, Mamone and Dichoeung areas are those leading in infection rates in Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality.

Within Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Dennilton, Moteti, Elandsdoorin, Malaeneng, Groblersdal Town, Motetema, Tafelkop and Monsterlus are seeing increased infection rates.

While Marble Hall Town, Leuwfontein, Elandskraal, Morarela, Tsimanyane, Mooihoek, Mashemong, Letebejane, Tooitskraal, Matlerekeng and Ga-Botha are leading in infection rates within Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality.

Stanley Ramaila, Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) Executive Mayor, who is Chairperson of the DCC, urged people of the district to play their part in ending the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Ramaila said a behavioural change was needed and people needed to all understand the strain, pain, the economic devastation and all other destructions caused by the virus.

“People must avoid social gatherings, they are all prohibited. Only 50 people or less must attend a funeral. People are advised to avoid physical contact with others and crowded places while complying with all other health protocols.

The DCC further observed a moment of silence I remembrance of the departed King Victor Thulare III of the Bapedi nation, frontline workers and all residents of the district who succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.

Thapelo Motseo

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