Buffalo City's Covid-19 case count leaps up by 87 in a single day to 325

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, right, at the opening of Cecilia Makiwane Hospital's 41-bed Covid-19 ward with MEC Sindiswa Gomba and hospital CEO Sicelo Msi.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, right, at the opening of Cecilia Makiwane Hospital's 41-bed Covid-19 ward with MEC Sindiswa Gomba and hospital CEO Sicelo Msi.
Image: SINO MAJANGAZA

The Eastern Cape's Covid-19 caseload shot up  to 1,356 confirmed cases on Monday night after 138 new cases of the coronavirus disease were reported in the province. Of those, 87 cases were from Buffalo City, according to the health department.

Overnight, the metro's confirmed cases rose from 238 to 325 cases, with six deaths.

The province now has 24 confirmed deaths and 632 recoveries.

Nelson Mandela Bay increased by 32 and now has 532 confirmed infections and eight deaths.

Chris Hani district's cases now number 173, up two from Sunday night. The districts death toll now stands five.

OR Tambo district, which has long been a hotspot after several cases emanating from a Port St Johns funeral were identified, was also up two, to 103 confirmed cases and three deaths.

Alfred Nzo district increased by one, to 30 cases while the Amathole district was up two, to 26 and two deaths.

Sarah Baartman and Joe Gqabi districts remained unchanged at 20 and nine cases, respectively.

The province has also identified 138 cases as originating from Western Cape travellers who crossed into the province at Aberdeen and Tsitsikamma.


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