Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has expressed concern about the rise in new COVID-19 infections in the province.

The province recorded just under 600 new infections during the last 24-hour recording cycle on Wednesday evening.

There are now 2 056 active cases in the Eastern Cape, according to the latest data by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

Mabuyane’s concern comes as the province gears up to receive thousands of holidaymakers and travellers coming into the province.

He is urging people to vaccinate to mitigate the effect of the surge.

“We don’t want government to consider putting tough interventions on these risk-adjusted alert levels. But if government is forced to do that, it will be out of the recklessness and irresponsibility of our people. We don’t want our economy to go back to where we were,” says the Premier.

“So we really plead with our people to comply with the rules of the game and on the roads we comply with rules of the game on COVID-19,” adds Mabuyane.

In the video below, the Mabuyane urges people to comply with regulations:

On Wednesday, the NICD reported  19 842 new coronaviruses (COVID-19) infections in the country in the last 24-hours, bringing the total number of cases to 3 071 064.

NICD says the coronavirus test positivity rate is at 26,8%  in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

A further 36 more people have succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.

This puts the total death toll at 90 038.

The cumulative number of recoveries now stands at 2 867 966.