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NMB cautiously optimistic about Covid19 decline while Buffalo City shows an uptick

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Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Nqaba Bhanga says he's cautiously optimistic about the decline in Covid19 positive cases in the Metro.

In a statement on Tuesday, he said the Department of Health reported to the Joint Operating Centre that there were 1 049 active cases in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Bhanga said a total of 72 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported on Monday across the City with four deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.

"A total of 286 patients are still admitted in both the private and public hospitals and 71 in the Intensive Care Units.," the mayor said.

Bhanga added that while a total of 50 054 people had recovered from COVID-19 to date, more than 3000 families were left broken by the death of loved ones.

"The positive cases are currently fluctuating, so we cannot say we are winning just yet. A lot of people will be going to back to work this week, students are also coming back, schools are yet to reopen and already we have noted a number of positive cases in the workplaces."

"As we are gearing up for the vaccination programme, we continue to call on all our residents to please wear their masks and wash their hands regularly to keep themselves and their families safe."

Meanwhile, Buffalo City Municipality stated that the number of diagnosed SARS-Cov-2 cases had increased from 33 842 to 36 119.

Buffalo City accounted for 31.6% of active cases in the Province of which 59.9% of cases were in the East London area, followed by Mdantsane at 19.6%.

"The recovery rate has decreased from 92.6%in the previous week to 90.3%. The area with the highest recovery rate is King Williams Town/Bhisho which is currently sitting at 93.4 %," the Municipality said in a statement.

This was followed by East London with a 91.1% recovery rate, while the recovery rate in Mdantsane had increased by 1.1% from 89.2% to 90.3%

Buffalo City said 215 new cases were recorded between the 3rd and the 10th of January, with 1 591 active cases currently.

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