Close to 500 contract workers will be deployed by the City Of Cape Town’s health department to educate Capetonians about the coronavirus.

The 490 contract workers will start working next week Monday, to help health practitioners – particularly in the identified hotspot areas within the metropole.

For a period of 3 months they will working in Khayelitsha, Dunoon, Philippi East, Ravensmead, Atlantis, Valhalla Park and Bishop Lavis, among other areas.

There’ve been more than 30 000 covid-19 cases recorded in the Western Cape since March 2020, with just more than 80% in Cape Town.

More than half of all infected persons have recovered to date, but the number of deaths is approaching 800 and the rate of infections is likely to increase too in the coming weeks.

Mayco Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien says they’ve identified some challenges in communities.

“There’s lack of adherence to health and hygiene protocols and social distancing. Some come communities don’t have an interest in the health awareness initiatives. We couldn’t access certain areas due to unrest”.