7 cases of Covid-19 in Bonteheuwel

The number of Covid-19 cases in Bonteheuwel is increasing.

There are now seven confirmed Covid-19 cases in Bonteheuwel, including an 81-year-old woman.

Ward councillor Angus McKenzie is appealing to residents to obey lockdown rules to halt the spread of the deadly disease.

The seven cases include six women and one man. Some are in self-isolation and others are in a quarantine facility. Their families have also been tested.

“This virus has consistently proven to us the more we move around the more infections will happen,” Mr McKenzie said. “We must accept that this virus will continue to grow the more we do not adhere to regulations.

“We cannot expect SAPS to police our every move; we must have some level of self discipline that drives us to do the right thing rather than the wrong. Every time you step outside of your house unnecessarily you are placing yours and others lives at huge risk and danger,” he said.

“If you care about your family, friends and neighbours you will do the right thing and stay indoors.”

As at Sunday May 3, the Western Cape had 3113 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 833 recoveries, and 58 deaths, according to Premier, Alan Winde. The Klipfontein metro sub-district recorded 281 cases.

The country moved to level-four lockdown on Friday May 1.

Some of the items which are now allowed to be sold which were not during level 5 include winter clothing, cooked food for delivery only, hardware items, and car parts. The sale of alcohol and tobacco is still prohibited.

This will bring some relief to informal traders.

However, the sale of hot, cooked food will be available for delivery only.

Fadia Davids, an informal clothing trader, said there was still confusion about how many people would be able to trade and what physical distancing measures would have to be applied.

“Will the public adhere to wearing their masks when they come to buy things? Will we all be allowed to trade? Our stands are right next to each other so how will that work? There’s a lot of things we need to know.”

Shahieda Sonday, who sells food in Gatesville, said people had no income and were battling to survive. Ramadaan was normally a busy time for her, she said.

“People are running out of food and they need to work to earn money, people are really struggling.”