The Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape is calling on its citizens to be vigilant as COVID-19 infections surge in the area.

In the past week, the metro has recorded 27 COVID-19 related deaths.

The number of active cases stands at 492.

Metro spokesperson Samnkelo Ngwenya says: “East London and its suburbs are hotspot areas. We are calling on everyone to adhere to lockdown restrictions. We can work together, the city continues to implement complex response teams that are aimed at raising awareness. We are also encouraging people eligible to register for vaccination and those that have registered to go and vaccinate.”

Calls for adherence to lockdown regulations 

Earlier this month, the metro urged citizens to take extra precautionary measures in preventing the spread of the virus.

Buffalo City is one of the province’s worst-hit regions.

After receiving his second vaccination of the Pfizer vaccine at the Bhisho Hospital, Mayor Xola Pakati warned that those who flout regulations will be brought to book.

“We call upon our communities to remain vigilant. We will ensure that the regulations that were gazetted by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are observed. To that end, we will deploy law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance. I call upon our people to be very vigilant. Sanitise your hands, keep the social distancing and wear your masks,” explains Pakati.

Meanwhile, the country recorded over  8900 new coronavirus infections in the past 24-hours.

Eastern Cape, which is the third worst-hit province, has recorded over 219 000 cases since the outbreak, as outlined in the graphic below: