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Covid-19 second wave hits Nelson Mandela Bay: Residents urged to respect regulations

Published: October 23, 2020

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Acting Mayor Councillor Thsonono Buyeye has called on residents to act responsibly as new COVID-19 infections have increased at an alarming rate indicating a second wave of infections upon the City.
The Mayor said it was shocking and worrying to learn that on Thursday, 22 October 2020, there were 730 confirmed cases in the City. The number has jumped from 379 active cases which were recorded on Monday. 

Of the 730 cases recorded on Thursday, Motherwell had 133, KwaNobuhle; 46, KwaZakhele; 45 and Walmer had 39 active cases. 

"In just one week, we have seen a huge jump in the numbers and the week is not even over yet. We have noted with concern all these social gatherings and we believe they have played a role in this increase. On Thursday alone we recorded 211 new cases.”
NMBM Disaster Management Chairperson Shane Brown emphasised that all the signs indicated that a second wave of infections was upon the City.
"We have a second wave with us already. People are not complying, people are out partying and not observing the regulations. We have warned everyone including businesses, reminding them that the virus is still with us and they need to ensure that regulations are followed. We have seen adverts of social events and notified the South African Police Service, Metro Police and the Department of Labour to enforce the law. We are monitoring the situation but all the signs are there that this is the second wave upon us.”

Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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