Buffalo City overtakes NMB with new COVID-19 cases in Eastern Cape

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The increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases continues in the Eastern Cape. In the last 24 hours, 1 877 cases have been recorded and 97 new deaths have occurred.

Numbers show that the Buffalo City Metro has overtaken Nelson Mandela Bay Metro with the number of new cases.

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Over 400 new cases were reported in Buffalo City while 300 were recorded in Nelson Mandela Bay. There is also an increase in the rate of infections amongst health workers in the metros.

While addressing the nation in early December, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared Nelson Mandela Bay as a COVID-19 hotspot. He announced a 10 PM to 4 AM curfew in the metro, among other restrictions.

“The curfew will be from 10PM to 4AM. This does not apply to essential workers. The sale of alcohol from retail outlets will only be permitted between 10AM and 6PM from Monday to Thursday. Alcohol consumption in public spaces such as beaches and parks is strictly forbidden. Gatherings, including religious gatherings, may not be attended by more than 100 people for indoor and 250 for outdoor events. And finally, all post-funeral gatherings are prohibited.”

Eastern Cape COVID-19 cases a concern:

Meanwhile, all indications are that beaches along the Eastern Cape coast, parks and open spaces will be closed after an agreement by all municipal mayors.

In a submission to the National Coronavirus Command Council, the Eastern Cape government is of the opinion that it would prevent large crowd gatherings. This is also meant to minimise the mobility of people from high to low-risk areas and vice versa.

Eastern Cape hospitals inundated with COVID-19 admissions:

Non-compliance to regulations

Last week, the Eastern Cape Liquor Board raised concerns about the high number of cases of non-compliance by liquor outlets with regard to COVID-19 health protocols, especially as the province grapples with the rapid resurgence of the pandemic.

The liquor board opted to intensify its efforts to enforce compliance with COVID-19 restrictions and liquor licenses. It also said it would embark on regular visits to liquor outlets to clamp down on those that do not comply with regulations.

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