Western Cape could have one of world’s highest Covid-19 death tolls

Covid-19 could kill 9,300 people in the Western Cape this year.

It is the country’s worst-hit province, with 65% of SA’s reported cases.

New projections show the Western Cape’s death toll could reach 135 per 100,000 people. This would be worse than New York, the centre of the United States pandemic, with 119 deaths per 100,000, News24 reported.

If the current rate of infection continues it will make the province “a tragic exception to the rest of the world,” public health expert Professor Andrew Boulle said at a press briefing on Wednesday.