By Nyakallo Mosala

Since the first positive case of COVID-19 was announced in the North West a few months ago, the province was steadily containing the virus. Not until a few weeks ago when the cases have steadily been increasing on a daily basis. To date, just under 7000 cases have been registered in the province with 448 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Already the virus has penetrated not only the mining sector, but both the provincial and local governments have become the newest victims. On Monday, the MEC for Corporative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Gordon Kegakilwe died after having tested positive, premier Job Mokgoro also tested positive. Many local employees at local municipalities, including Rustenburg, Moses Kotane and Bojanala District Municipalities amongst others, have tested positive with municipal buildings being closed for disinfecting.

The death toll in the province stands at 36 with only 1456 recoveries.