Mabuyane: Easter Weekend a risk to the Province

By Irshaad Gangat

The Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane shared an update on the COVID-19 response on March 30 at the East London ICC in East London.

“We are encouraged by the significant decline in Covid-19 related deaths and hospitalization numbers. This has considerably reduced stress in our health system. In the last 24 hours, no death was reported in the province. In the current

month, there are fewer SARS-Cov-2 cases and related deaths but a higher case fatality rate of 8.5%. There are currently 98 patients admitted for Covid-19 illnesses in our province, 48 patients are in public healthcare facilities and 50 are

in private healthcare facilities. This huge reduction in the number of admitted Covid-19 patients is allowing the department of health space to focus on revitalizing interventions to contain and manage other priority diseases,” said Mabuyane.

The Eastern Cape had less than 15 cases a day and the national laboratory reported that the highest number of cases were in our two Metros- Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay. We have also had a substantial decline in the positivity rate from 2.5% to 1.4%, and this demonstrates a positive trend of low community transmission as a result of adherence to level 1 risk-adjusted measures by our people.

This week marks Easter Weekend, and this will increased human movement which means increased movement of the virus. “The Easter Weekend therefore poses great risks to our province as people will be moving from the Western Cape to spend time with their families in our province,” said Mabuyane. He added that unfortunately the provincial borders cannot be closed as many return home over the Easter holidays.

“The vaccination rollout programme is progressing smoothly, though a bit slow, owing to the limited number of doses we have received from Johnson and Johnson” he said.  The Premier added that currently the Health department is administering the 29 720 doses we were allocated by national government to inoculate healthcare workers in both the public and private sector (20 804 and 8916 respectively).

Video of his speech below

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