NEWS: The eThekwini municipality accounts for more than 49% of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the KwaZulu-Natal province, with more than 340 deaths. The metro’s hotspots are Umlazi, KwaMashu, Phoenix, Chatsworth, Inanda, Newlands, Tongaat, Pinetown, Westville, and Ntuzuma are just some of the other areas also named as hotspots.
The hotspots in Umgungundlovu district are the Pietermaritzburg CBD, Elandskop, Grange, Bisley, Imbali, Lincon Meade, Hayfields, Mountain Rise, Northdale, Scottsvile and Sobantu.
Phoenix residents not taking pandemic seriously
The community of Phoenix, north of Durban, never took the lock-down seriously and now it comes as no surprise that the area has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot. These are the sentiments of the Chairperson for the Phoenix Crime Prevention Forum, Umesh Singh as Chatsworth, Newlands, Tongaat and Pinetown are just a handful of areas also named as hotspots. Singh says many people in Phoenix behave as if there isn’t a pandemic attributing being identified as a hotspot to a total disregard of the national lockdown guidelines and regulations.
Chatsworth another COVID-19 hotspot
The community of Chatsworth, south of Durban has also been listed as one the COVID-19 hotspots within the eThekwini municipality as announced by local government officials this past weekend. Community activist Omi Nair says as more people are being affected by the virus in one way or the other, the stigmatisation of people and families by residents has started to decrease.
As the community of Chatsworth, south of Durban react to the news that it has officially been declared a COVID-19 hotspot, Unit 9 residents have taken it upon themselves to show support for those that have the virus and those that have since passed on. In keeping with social distancing and hygiene protocols, residents held a lit candle, flashlights and other bright objects in their yards this past Sunday evening – paying tribute to a fellow resident and friend who succumbed to COVID-19. Devan Naicker, one of the participating residents says small-knit communities like Chatsworth need to stick together and play their part in fighting this pandemic.
Here’s a list of other areas identified as hotspots.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the release of KwaZulu-Natal’s COVID-19 hotspots by the provincial government was long overdue, read more here
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