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NMBM cautions residents about increasing Covid-19 active cases

Published: May 03, 2022

The Nelson Mandela Bay COVID-19 Joint Operating Centre (JOC) has noted with concern the growth in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the City. 
During a JOC meeting on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, the Department of Health indicated that positive cases were steadily climbing, with 819 active cases currently recorded.
NMBM Public Health Mayoral Committee Member, Cllr Thsonono Buyeye said while the numbers were still low, it was worth noting that the cases are increasing and going the wrong direction.
"On 24 April 2022, we had 530 active cases and today we are told that 819 cases have been recorded in our City. The responsibility rests fully on all of us to keep the cases low, as the state of disaster is also no longer in place and therefore the law enforcement agencies are no longer policing people.”
"About 44% of our population in the City have been vaccinated. Tis is still low and we make a serious appeal to our residents to take the opportunity to protect themselves against the deadly virus, as unvaccinated people are at a higher risk of death and hospitalisation. There is still a need to increase our vaccination rate to achieve herd immunity, which can protect us against any future waves of infection. The country is on high alert for a fifth wave right now, but we are all hoping that if the wave materialises, it will follow the controllable trend of the fourth wave,” said Buyeye.
NMBM Disaster Management Head, Shane Brown, said that there was concern about infections at schools, as many learners remained unvaccinated.
"We are closely monitoring the situation, as is the rest of the country, as cases are increasing everywhere right now. The number of patients in hospitals is still low, with only 14 patients admitted to government hospitals for now and no patients in Intensive  Care Units, both in government and private hospitals. We want to caution our residents to be vigilant  and to get vaccinated, as it is the only way in which we can protect ourselves against another deadly wave,” Brown said.

Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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