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7 more deaths take EC's COVID-19 fatalities to 77

The Eastern Cape government said that COVID-19 screening, contact tracing and testing would be bolstered in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Chris Hani and OR Tambo municipalities.

Picture: 123rf

CAPE TOWN - There have been seven more COVID-19 deaths in the Eastern Cape bringing its total to 77.

In a virtual cabinet meeting this week, provincial leaders stressed the need to strengthen screening and testing in hotspot areas.

Just over 3,300 COVID-19 cases have been identified in the province.

South Africa's coronavirus statistics as released by the National Department of Health on 28 May 2020. Picture: Abigail Xavier/EWN

The Eastern Cape government said that COVID-19 screening, contact tracing and testing would be bolstered in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Chris Hani and OR Tambo municipalities.

Nelson Mandela Bay has the most deaths at 26.

Premier Oscar Mabuyane said that the police would continue with efforts to ensure that residents in these hotspot areas in particular adhered to lockdown regulations.

One thousand seven hundred of the province's 3,300 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

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For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.