Media Release: EMS responds to 103 incidents in red zone areas | Western Cape Government



Media Release: EMS responds to 103 incidents in red zone areas

13 March 2020

13 – 15 March 2020

The Western Cape Government Health's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a total of 5 265 incidents including 103 incidents in red zone areas and 226 transport-related incidents, across the Western Cape this weekend.  

The majority of the red zone area incidents occurred in the Mitchells Plain area in Beacon Valley and Tafelsig. To protect the safety of officials, ambulance crews are not allowed to enter red zone areas without a South African Police Service (SAPS) escort.


Red Zone area incidents

Incident town

 Incident suburb

Amount of incidents

Mitchells Plain

Beacon Valley


Mitchells Plain



Cape Town

Hanover Park






The top nine incident types included non-cardiac pain (839); weapon assaults (657); respiratory complaints (436); obstetric complaints (360); neurological complaints (295); vomiting/diarrhoea (289); physical assaults (253); abdominal complaints (248); and musculoskeletal complaints (235).

“We urge the whole-of-society to partner with our officials as they render this important service in communities on a daily basis. We remain grateful to the brave EMS men and women who are committed to saving lives across the province,” says EMS Director, Dr Shaheem De Vries.

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