Knysna-Plett Herald

Knysna still decreasing

- Blake Linder

REGIONAL - As the effects of the third wave continue to wane at a district level, the trend is largely carried on at a local level with decreases in Knysna despite an increase in total new cases in Bitou. According to Western

Cape Department of

Health spokespers­on Nadia Ferreira, the Garden Route District is on a downward trend with yet another decrease in cases in the last seven days leading up to 7 September. "There are now 606 active cases per 100 000. one week ago it was 756," she said. She noted that all subdistric­ts had decreases, except for Bitou which increased slightly, and Kannaland, which remained unchanged. The increase in Bitou is, however, only in the number of total new cases as the active cases have decreased slightly. As at Tuesday 7 September, Knysna had recorded a total of 7 712 cases of Covid-19, of which 7 140 have recovered, 235 have died, and 337 are active cases. This indicates a total of 168 new cases in the seven days between 31 August and 6 September, which amounts to a 16% decrease (-93) from the previous week. The number of active cases also dropped, by 21,63% (-93) this week, reaching the lowest number since 29 June. The recovery rate has risen again and stands on 92,58% (91,29% last week). The deaths have however increased for the 12th week in a row with a rise of +8, with the mortality rate still on 3%.

In Bitou as at Tuesday, 3 944 Covid-19 cases had been recorded, with 3 577 having recovered, 121 having died, and 246 being active cases.

This shows a total of 145 new cases recorded between 31 August and 7 September, rising by 16,94% (+21) from last week. With the active cases decreasing by the small margin of 3,53% (-9) this week, it is the third-highest number in the third wave behind the previous two weeks. The recovery rate here has also risen slightly, standing on 90,69% (90,16% last week). The deaths have risen by two this week and the mortality rate stands on 3,1%.

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