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BCM Covid-19: recovery rate of more than 90%

Buffalo City Metro Municipality's Covid-19 Command Centre met today (August 7) and received updates of registering a recovery rate of more than 90%.

The Command Centre has observed that as at August 6, there was a 48,6% reduction in the number of new Covid-19 cases. Sadly, BCM has recorded 309 fatalities to date.


The Municipality commends the screening and testing activities conducted by the Department of Health as statistics reveal a huge jump from the tests conducted since the last report.


As at August 6, the BCM Covid-19 Command Centre updated that there were 19 195 Confirmed cases, 17 994 Recoveries, 892 Active Cases and 309 deaths.

To date, the mass screening and testing teams have screened approximately 296 355 people.


Up to 59 619 tests have been conducted as on August 6, which is another significant jump from the 56 157 that was last reported at the end of July.


There was a 48,6% reduction in the number of new Covid-19 cases which were observed in all districts in the province. BCM had a 57,9% reduction in the number of newly reported cases, followed by Alfred Nzo (50,9%), OR Tambo (50,7%) and Amathole (48,8%).

The highest case fatality rate was seen in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (3,5%), followed by Buffalo City Metro (3,3%), Amathole (2,7%), OR Tambo (2,5%) and Joe Gqabi (2,1%).


The cases which were transferred from the Free State and KwaZulu Natal were 66, and were from Alfred Nzo (22 cases), Joe Gqabi (9 cases) and OR Tambo (25 cases) districts.


Forty-two per cent (42%) of the deaths, which were reported, were from five hospitals in the province. The hospitals are Life St. Dominic’s Hospital, Livingstone, Mthatha Regional, Dorah Nginza, Uitenhage and Life Beacon Bay Hospitals. The other deaths were from the other hospitals in the province. Twelve (12) persons died at home and 3 died in two Care Centres.

Vulnerable communities

BCM welcomes the independent study conducted by NGO Afesis-corplan (http://afesis.org.za) which reveals that the Metro has been faring better than its counterparts in the City of Ekurhuleni, City of eThekwini, City of Joburg and City of Cape Town when it comes to the provision of basic services during the Covid-19 lockdown.


For the past four months since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Afesis-corplan has been working with 87 households sharing water and ablution facilities in 35 informal settlements communities across the Buffalo City Metro to assess hygiene measures in place to limit the spread of the virus.


The Municipality welcomes the study revelations that in Buffalo City, new toilets and taps were installed while broken ones were repaired in some areas.

The Buffalo City Metro is acknowledging the survey and we are using it as a dashboard to respond swiftly to service delivery issues in informal settlements.

Hotspot area

As more businesses begin to operate under Lockdown Level 3, we call on all them to exercise caution, ensure that staff and customers wear masks, that they screen everyone and enforce social distance.


We further call on the people of Buffalo City not to compromise on their safety and alert law enforcement authorities whenever there are transgressions. For any Covid-19 related matters call the hotline on 0800 029 999, Say 'Hi' to WhatsApp 0600 123 456.


Issued by BCM Communications, Spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya

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