EASTERN CAPE NEWS - A total of 56 people travelling from Western Cape to the Eastern Cape have tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement issued this week by Sizwe Kupelo on behalf of Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba. All the positive cases’ contacts are being traced and will be tested.
It is unclear how many of these passed through the R61 checkpoint at Aberdeen, as the figures include those entering the province through Tsitsikamma.
Department of Health Spokesperson Siyanda Manana said that the total includes some of the seasonal farm workers stopped at the R61 and then quarantined at the Fish River Resort.
As of last Thursday, 2 090 people had been tested on the borders between the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape and 29 516 people had been screened.
Gomba said she was concerned by the high number of people travelling from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape.
"We understand that inter-provincial travelling is allowed but having so many people who have tested positive for Covid-19 coming to the Eastern Cape undermines the good work that we have been doing and continue doing,” she said. She also expressed her concern that the 56 people had not been tested in the Western Cape. “We need all provinces to work together in containing the spread of this virus," she said.
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