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Eastern Cape hails declining COVID-19 numbers in Nelson Mandela Bay

The department said the average daily infection rate has shown a strong decrease since the beginning of December.

A crew of a private ambulance service in Port Elizabeth wear personal protective equipment on 11 July 2020 ahead of checking on a patient affected by COVID-19 coronavirus at her home. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Eastern Cape government says it’s encouraged by the declining numbers of COVID-19 cases in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The metro was declared a hot spot when the infection rate flared up two months ago.

The department said the average daily infection rate has shown a strong decrease since the beginning of December.

Since the first week of this month the average was 416 new cases per day but now has dropped to 227 per week.

Health department spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha said, “We’ve seen a decrease in the number of infections because of the interventions we’ve made. the compliance of the people in the province to protect themselves, friends and their families.”

The province has so far recorded more than 157,000 COVID-19 cases and 6,050 deaths.