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DOH on Alert Levels for Coronavirus Covid-19 Hotspots

June 1, 2020

Department of Health

As South Africa moves to Alert Level 3, each and every area and its rate of infection will be constantly assessed.

The health department emphasized this in a statement on the determination of alert levels for Coronavirus Covid-19 hotspots.

The department added that, if necessary, further containment measures and restrictions may be considered.

“If the spread of the infection is not contained despite the above mentioned interventions, government will make a determination on whether to return that specific area, (i.e. metropolitan, district, sub district, ward) to alert level 4 or 5.”

According to the department, this will be done rapidly and in order to contain and manage the spread, and also to ensure that health facilities are not overwhelmed by the rapid rise of positive cases in that area.

“This therefore means that as the whole country moves to level 3, there will be a constant assessment of each and every area and its rate of infection.”

The department defined hotspots as areas that have more than 5 infected people per 100 000 population, or areas where the infections are increasing at a fast pace.

Experts and specialists are deployed into hotspots to implement measures to curb the spread.

“These areas also require heightened levels of tracing of contacts of positive patients, ensuring that those who are positive remain in quarantine/ isolation and those who cannot self-quarantine, are accommodated in quarantine facilities provided for by provinces.”

This is designed to limit community infection.