Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize is expected in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday to address the rapid increase of COVID-19 infections in the province.

Nelson Mandela Bay has become the new epicentre for infections in the country, with positive cases growing at double the rate compared to the rest of the country.

Data shows that 11% of contacts in Nelson Mandela Bay were responsible for 80% of the infections – showing that social gatherings are the main reason for the rapid spread of infection in the city.

The video below is reporting on creating awareness to stem rising infections:

As of Monday, there were 4324 active cases in the city, with over 1200 of these cases reported at the weekend.


Acting Metro mayor Thsonono Buyeye says the hotspots within the city are Motherwell, KwaZakhele and New Brighton.

Already 16 people have died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in the city.

The Health Minister is in the city today (Tuesday) to address the major issues around this rapid increase.

The minister will listen to various presentations on the matter and then visit a new Nelson Mandela Bay testing site.