Eastern Cape: 19 quarantine sites activated amid rising infections

As infections and deaths continue to rise in the Eastern Cape, it is pertinent that there are enough resources, such as quarantine sites, to treat those who become infected.  

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member in the Eastern Cape Thembinkosi Tevin Apleni asked Health Minister Zweli Mkhize to stipulate how many quarantine sites had been set up in the Eastern Cape and where. 

On Monday 8 June, Parliament sent out the health minister’s written response, which stated that 19 quarantine sites had been activated. 

QUARANTINE SITES IN THE EASTERN CAPE  

The following quarantine sites have been activated in the Eastern Cape. Here are their names and their locations. 

  1. Victoria Manor Guest House – Queenstown; 
  2. Fish River Hotel – Port Alfred; 
  3. Grand Hotel – Port Elizabeth; 
  4. Humansdorp Boutique Hotel – Humansdorp; 
  5. Idwala Lam Guest House – Mthatha; 
  6. Isango Gate Boutique Hotel – Port Elizabeth; 
  7. La Maison Guest House – Mthatha; 
  8. Lat Grande Lodge – Mthatha; 
  9. Mentor B&B – Queenstown; 
  10. Mpekweni Beach Resort – East London; 
  11. Mthatha Rest Lodge – Mthatha; 
  12. Real Vision Guest House – Mthatha; 
  13. Shirly Events Center and Accommodation – Nyandeni; 
  14. Sikhumbule Nathi Guest House – Mthatha; 
  15. Sisonke Guest House – Cala; 
  16. Springs Resorts – Uitenhage; 
  17. The Royal Courtyard – Matatiele;
  18. Three Trees Guest House – East London; and
  19. Twin Lodge Guest House – Mthatha. 

LATEST COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS IN THE EASTERN CAPE 

The total number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa surpassed 50 000 on Monday 8 June. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also announced that the national death toll surpassed 1 000. 

The Western Cape has been the country’s COVID-19 epicentre for quite some time now. With more than 33 000 cases in the province alone, it’s a great cause for concern. 

The Eastern Cape, although 27 227 cases behind the Western Cape, is the province with the second-highest number of infections. The Eastern Cape currently has a total of 6 431 COVID-19 cases and a death toll of 127. 

These numbers, although far from the “epicentre” so to speak, are still concerning. Hence, why the availability of quarantine sites is non-negotiable. There have been 2 666 recoveries thus far. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES DIRECTED TO THE EASTERN CAPE 

Mkhize, on 7 June, said the pattern which led the Western Cape to become the epicentre, is reappearing. 

“The two provinces now consist of 78% of all positive cases. Additional attention is being directed to the Eastern Cape to ensure the province can adequately respond to limit the escalation of infection,” said Mkhize. 

According to the South African Modelling Consortium, the peak of the infection is expected in mid-July in the pessimistic scenario and mid-August in the optimistic scenario. 



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