THE PREMIER of the Eastern Cape province, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, who recently contracted COVID-19, has urged the people of the province to be vigilant as the second wave of COVID-19 infections appear to be on the rise.
From the 08th November to date, 4,557 newly diagnosed cases were reported from
the 8 districts of the province, and more than 80% of these cases were from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Sarah
The epidemiological report released by the provincial department of Health shows that in the last 24 hours, 80,6% of the newly reported cases were from the Nelson Mandela Metro and the Sarah Baartman, and 16,7% were from BC Metro, Chris Hani and Amathole.
The report went further to say number of active COVID-19 cases increased by 10,5% in the last 24 hours (as of 13 November), 91,3% of these cases were from the Nelson Mandela Metro and Sarah Baartman, 10,0% from BC Metro, Chris Hani and Amathole with SARS-Cov-2 incidences increasing in the Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Sarah Baartman municipalities.
Mabuyane warned of the repercussions of the virus, especially on elderly people saying the careless ways of young people might bring dire consequences not only to their families but to the entire community.
“There seems to be blatant disregard of health and safety protocols, especially at places of entertainment where people consume alcohol. We are not saying that people shouldn’t consume alcohol, but we expect everyone to adhere to COVID-19 regulations during Alert Level 1 unless we want to go back to level 5 lockdown,” said Mabuyane.
There has been a steady increase of COVID-19 cases in South Africa with the last week showing more than 10,000 new infections. Experts said this could be attributed to super spreader events. The Eastern Cape has confirmed more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases in just the last week.
The Eastern Cape has registered up to 569 deaths of COVID-19, since the beginning of November and the number is growing daily. Citizens are urged to continue washing hands, sanitizing, wearing masks at all times, maintaining physical distance and avoiding crowds.
Mabuyane is isolating at home where he continues with his government duties and will continue interacting with the people of the province who send complaints, concerns and compliments about the work of the provincial government.