The number of people who test positive for the coronavirus daily in the Eastern Cape has exceeded the 2,000 mark.
According to the latest figures from the national health department, 34 161 people in the province have already contracted the virus. The positive cases in the province increased by 2,004 on Sunday, and another 31 people died, bringing the death toll to 490.
Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane expressed his condolences to the family and friends of those who died.
Mabuyane intends to launch the province’s response strategy on Tuesday. It aims to mobilize community stakeholders in the fight against the coronavirus in wards where it celebrates high.
According to Mabuyane, 87 wards in the province have been identified as hot spots, and the communities urgently need help to curb the spread of the virus.
At the launch of Mabuyane’s new plans, he will also give an overview of what the provincial government is doing to fight the virus.
Retief Odendaal, a DA member and MPL, expressed concern that the health department approved a budget that had been drawn up before the coronavirus outbreak.
He says although the health department is collapsing due to the growing pandemic, a budget has been approved with almost no additional money to help the struggling department.
Odendaal described the decision as ridiculous and pointed out that Sindiswa Gomba, MEC for Health, had openly admitted her department was bankrupt.
By March 31, the amount owed by the department to its creditors was R3.18 billion.
An overview of the different districts in the province is as follows:
Cases: 2 739
Recovery: 1 831
Recovery: 2 421
Nelson Mandela Bay Metro
Recovery: 5 424
Cases: 6 112
Recovery: 3 357
Cases: 1 643
Cases from outside the province
The number of positive cases that cannot be attributed to a specific ward or area is 30.