Nelson Mandela Bay’s Acting Mayor Thsonono Buyeye said the municipality may need to return to lockdown Level 4. Buyeye has flagged concerns about a spike in COVID-19 infections, as well as, some citizens not adhering to the lockdown regulations. 

In an interview on eNCA, Buyeye aired his concerns and explained why the metro should be pushed back to Level 4. 

As of 29 June, there are 26 195 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Cape. There have been 397 deaths and 12 824 people have made a recovery. 

CALLS FOR NELSON MANDELA BAY TO RETURN TO LOCKDOWN LEVEL 4

Buyeye, in a live interview, said the spike in COVID-19 infections in Nelson Mandela Bay is extremely worrying. 

Due to the spike in numbers, Buyeye also mentioned that quite a few government institutions have been forced to close. Due to a large number of infections and citizens contravening lockdown regulations, Buyeye has called for a return to lockdown Level 4. 

“Your police stations, clinics, to some extent, some hospitals as well as even the municipality itself some departments had to close as a result of the spike,” he said.  

Buyeye said they are not coping as a city — even now — which makes him wonder how they would cope when the real peak arrives. 

“What was more worrying was when one of the funeral homes in the city, the director of one of the homes said the bodies are piling up and between 25 to 10 funerals that they are having on a daily basis and that alone was an indication that even though we are starting the spike or crisis period, we are not coping as a city, we might not be coping when the real spike comes,” he said. 

‘WE NEED TO TAKE DRASTIC MEASURES’

Buyeye said they have seen recent reports of people lying in passages in hospitals to limit the transmission of COVID-19. 

Buyeye said that since the move to Level 3, there has been a spike in infections which leads him to believe that a move to Level 4 would help combat the spread. 

“We needed to do something drastic to make sure that we fight back against this virus and you know during the lockdown period, the rate of infection, I think it was very controllable in the city but now it seems we’ve entered lockdown Level 3, the spike is just going up and up,” he said. 

“We need to take drastic measures,” added Buyeye. 

The acting mayor explained that some residents in Nelson Mandela Bay are not taking the necessary precautions. He said social distancing, wearing a mask and the washing of hands should be done on a daily basis. 

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, on Tuesday 30 June, said there has not been any decision taken to have another lockdown, however, there may be a need in some areas for restrictions. 

“It may not be national but localised. But no such decision has been taken as yet,” he said. 

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Presh JM Reporter

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