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Tightened lockdown restrictions considered in the Eastern Cape

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ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST

Article by Emma Clayfield

It has been over two weeks since President Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Zweli Mkhize expressed their concerns regarding the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Cape.

During his visit to the province, Mkhize mentioned that the local lockdown restrictions for Nelson Mandela Bay will be discussed since the district accounts for about 50% of South Africa’s daily COVID-19 cases, and urgent decisions need to be made to contain the spread of the virus.

While addressing senior officials from the national department of health, and members of the executive at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Mkhize said the province accounted for 50 to 55% of the country’s daily positive cases, followed by the Western Cape with about 25% of daily cases.

“We have to look at the numbers in the hospitals to be able to look at the impact of the alcohol-induced pressure and therefore start discussing issues in that regard. Everything is going to be based on evidence that we get,” Mkhize said.

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