The number of people in the Eastern Cape who test positive for the coronavirus is now more than 1,000 daily.
According to the latest figures, 29 340 people in the province were tested positive, with an increase of 1,654 within a day and another 17 people dead from Covid-19.
The death toll now stands at 439 and 14,384 people have recovered, according to the health department.
Tshonono Buyeye, acting mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, expressed concern about the infection rate in the metro.
According to Buyeye, stricter restrictions need to be put in place to try to curb rising infections during the winter season.
In Nelson Mandela Bay, 7 514 people were tested positive. Motherwell, the largest informal settlement in the city, has already exceeded the 1,000 limit.
Other focal points in the metro are Uitenhage (564), KwaNobuhle (580) and KwaZakhele (551).
“The rising numbers are not going to change. There is nothing more we can ask for residents that we have not already asked.
“We believe a strict restriction in the subway will help us prevent the spread of the virus.”
Buyeye said hospitals, police stations and clinics can’t keep up, and beds at health facilities are scarce.
Shane Brown, head of the subway’s disaster management, says although the subway has made plans to help hospitals, there are concerns that hospital beds will be insufficient.
“You can’t stop the spread of the virus when people move around all the time. People walk around and socialize without masks, which is one of the most important weapons against the spread of the virus. “
Brown also expressed concern that there would not be enough transport to take people to hospitals.
“The restriction helped keep the infection rate in check. The mayor has proposed another restriction, because things can get harder. “
Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay have been warned not to leave their homes without face masks and not to take the whole family with them when they go shopping.