The situation in the Eastern Cape province has long been lauded as a major concern by top politicians and these concerns are mounting. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
The situation in the Eastern Cape province has the potential to cause havoc in the rest of the country unless the surge of Covid-19 cases is contained.
With the festive season resulting in an increase in travel, the matter is a major cause for concern in the continued battle against the coronavirus.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates below:
1. Eastern Cape could prompt national outbreak
Eastern Cape authorities are calling for a tightening of restrictions, suggesting an effective return to Level 3 lockdown restrictions.
This comes after experts claimed that South Africa could face a second wave of Covid-19 infections unless the outbreak of infections in the province is not contained.
The Nelson Mandela Bay metro alone accounts for over half of the nation's daily infections.
Professor Salim Abdool Karim has signalled his concerns over the thousands of citizens expected to travel over the festive season.
The Covid-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee says that the end of the holiday season will see travellers transmitting the virus around the country.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had recently noted that, despite reports indicating a tightening of restrictions, no official decision has been taken on the Eastern Cape.
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Sunday evening, Mkhize confirmed that:
"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 787 702 with 2 563 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to the latest cases, Mkhize also confirmed the newly recorded fatalities in SA:
"Regrettably, 38 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 17, Gauteng 1, Northern Cape 7 and Western Cape 13. This brings the total deaths to 21 477 deaths."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the government is considering the reintroduction of Level 3 lockdowns in regions of SA where a spike in Covid-19 cases has been recorded.
This is according to the Sunday Times, who reported that an ANC leader had revealed stakeholders had agreed to move Port Elizabeth to this level.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had reportedly sought to place the region under Level 4 restrictions, but a compromise had been made.
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