Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor wary of pens-down parties
By Daniel Itai, Nelson Mandela Bay
Tshonono Buyeye, Acting Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay has expressed concerns over pens-down parties and valedictorians citing they are now the super spreaders of COVID-19.
Since the country moved to alert lockdown level one in September, the Eastern Cape municipality has been witnessing daily COVID-19 cases of around 400.
More so, this has since been attributed to young people who are usually engaged in packed valedictorians.
“We are very worried about the daily surge of COVID-19 cases. We are now sitting at over 3 000 COVID-19 cases yet we had less than 1 000 COVID-19 cases prior to alert lockdown level one.
Social gatherings have been the main super-spreaders of the virus. Moreover, young children are now getting infected, people have to remain vigilant because we are now entering the second wave of COVID-19.
In addition, we have realised that since we moved to alert lockdown level one people have lost their guard and it’s now difficult to police them.
Moreover, people are getting drunk, hugging and young people, as well as students, are losing their guard. We are calling for people not to be complacent especially the youths. Moreso, we are going to be firm and parents have to put their children in place,” said the Acting Mayor.
Furthermore, the country has since recorded 732 414 COVID-19 cases with 19 677 succumbing to the deadly virus.
However, since the country moved to alert lockdown level many people have become complacent by not adhering to physical distancing regulations, not wearing masks, conducting packed valedictorians and not taking note of the midnight curfew. As the Disaster Management Act edges closer to expiring come the 15th of November, President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is expected to address the nation next week over the issue.
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