Covid-19 update: NMB Mayor welcomes President Ramaphosa's clampdown

Covid-19 update: NMB Mayor welcomes President Ramaphosa's clampdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a number of measures in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a number of measures to combat Covid-19 in South Africa.

During the family meeting, Ramaphosa declared Nelson Mandela Bay a Covid-19 hotspot area. explores the latest updates on Covid-19 in SA below:

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1. NMB Mayor welcomes clampdown

The Acting Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Tshonono Buyeye, has warmly welcomed the announcement.

Buyeye says that provincial authorities had actually requested an adjustment of the curfew:

“We felt that if we move the curfew and give enough time for people so that if you are seen to be outside at 12 o’clock and you can’t explain yourself as an essential worker or for any other reason, then the law enforcement can come in.”

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The SABC reports that the Mayor says that the province is pleased that their proposals were approved, commenting that:

“It was our submission and we are happy that the President has pronounced on it. Something had to be done around the social gatherings, the alcohol issues and we should be seeing positive results with numbers starting to decrease."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again provided South Africans with an update on the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

In a statement released by the Department of Health on Thursday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As announced by His Excellency, President MC Ramaphosa, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 800 872 with 4 400 new cases identified since the last report."

In addition to the number of infections, the Minister also confirmed the latest number of fatalities:

"Regrettably, 94 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 42 , Free State 11, Gauteng 8, Kwa-Zulu Natal 5 and Western Cape 28. This brings the total deaths to 21 803."

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Earlier, reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had announced a number of interventions in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

This included restrictions on large public gatherings and the sale of liquor products in the region.

This had come in response to the province recording a staggering number of Covid-19 infections ahead of the busy festive season.

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