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Mabuyane: Suspension of certain festive activities helped decrease COVID deaths

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has given an update on the province's COVID-19 resurgence plan.

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane. Picture: @OscarMabuyane/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane on Tuesday said that non-pharmaceutical measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the province should be top of mind, despite the region showing a marked decrease in the number of people dying.

Mabuyane has given an update on the province's COVID-19 resurgence plan.

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With 9,510 coronavirus deaths, the Eastern Cape has the highest number of people who've succumbed to the virus.

The COVID-19 pandemic's second wave has hit the Eastern Cape hard, stretching its health sector to the maximum.
But Premier Oscar Mabuyane said that the situation had fortunately taken a turn for the better.

“Due to the bold decision we have taken to restrict certain activities during the festive season, we are seeing a reduction in infections in many parts of our province, particularly Nelson Mandela, which has been a hotspot for a long time.”

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Mabuyane said that Nelson Mandela Bay now has 324 active cases, compared to a month ago when 1,898 active COVID-19 cases were recorded in the metro.

The Buffalo City Metro has also registered a decline in active cases, with officials working hard to achieve the same in other districts.

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