As the rate of local transmissions increases, the City appeals to residents who have the virus to behave responsibly in order to limit the spread to their loved ones and the public at large.
The City of Cape Town calls on residents who test positive for COVID-19 or suspect that
they may have been exposed to the virus to please do their part in limiting further transmission.
Apart from health and hygiene protocols in place to avoid healthy persons from getting sick, there are
also strict protocols set out for persons who acquire COVID-19.
Much of our focus is on the behaviour required to avoid transmission of COVID-19 when out in public.
However, there is also an obligation on persons who have been exposed to the virus to ensure that they behave in a manner that limits the risk to those around them.
We are receiving far too many reports of persons who are not adhering to the quarantine protocols, and even some who are not remaining in isolation after testing positive.
of extreme concern, because it increases the risk of infecting others, but also puts the person who is already sick and should be resting to aid their recovery at greater risk of severe illness,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.
Persons are required to go into quarantine if they have no symptoms, but had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Isolation is required where a person is not feeling well with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
The City urges anyone in quarantine or isolation to please: Stay home except to get medical care.
Do not go to work, school, church or any other public areas.
Avoid using public transport.
Ask others to do errands.
Avoid contact with other people and pets as much as possible.
Do not receive visitors.
If living with others, stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom if possible.
Open windows and doors.
If in same room as others, keep at least 1-2 meters apart.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, counters, bedside table, doorknobs, bathroom surfaces).
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve/elbow (not your hands) when coughing/sneezing.
Immediately discard used tissues and wash your hands.
Wash hands often, especially before handling food/after using toilet or coughing/sneezing.
Avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth.
Avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding - after using these, wash them well.
If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19, wear a face mask when in contact with others.