Eastern Cape – Coronavirus update

Eastern Cape is a province in South Africa, it is located on the east coast between the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

When Covid-19 hit South Africa in March 2020, Eastern Cape was one of the provinces with the least coronavirus cases.

However, after the second wave, numbers drastically started to pick up in the Eastern Cape, making it a hot spot in the country.

The Nelson Mandela stadium became an isolation site to treat coronavirus patients, and even with more beds, cities such as Gqeberha  (Previously known as Port Elizabeth) struggled to accommodate those infected with the virus. A lot of attention was focused on Gqeberha and surrounding areas as they tackled the virus. Adjusted alert level 1 was in place from 1 March 2021 for the whole country as we started to see a decline in daily Covid-19 cases and death rates.

Curfew, across the country, is now from midnight to 04:00. Apart from permitted workers, those attending security or medical emergency, and those who are traveling to or from an airport, no person may be outside their place of residence during this time.

Being outside your home during curfew could land you a six-month prison sentence, and/or a fine, nobody wants that.

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Click here for all the new Level 1 rules, including closing times for restaurants and visits to old-age homes.

As of today, 1 608 393 is the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in South Africa, with 196 497 of those cases being from the Eastern Cape.

After recently travelling to the Eastern Cape to see family, only so much has changed in regards to how you travel around the country.

  1. It is compulsory that you wear your mask at all times, especially when you leave your vehicle. (No mask-No entry)
  2. There are hand sanitising stations at every entry, such as petrol stations, stores, toilets, etc.

My experience with flying around the country includes the following requirements:

  1. A coronavirus form is to be filled in before getting to the airport.
  2. Hands are sanitised.
  3. Your temperature is taken at the airport entrance.
  4. Masks are worn at all times. (No mask-No entry)
  5. No food is served on the airplane.

Data shows the third Covid-19 wave will soon hit the Eastern Cape metros within a few weeks.

If we act in time and ensure all the prevention protocols are being followed, and the health services facilities and processes are in place, we can control the spread of the virus.

If we do not act in time, the virus will run rampant, our facilities will be overwhelmed and in all probability, it will lead to a peak in the number of deaths.

We all need to do our part to stop the spread of Coronavirus, we can do this if every one of us plays our part. Here is what you can do to  prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • If you have a fever, cough, and experience difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.


Mona Mpofu

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