Mkhize targets Covid superspreader taverns

Mkhuseli Sizani

The Health Ministry is coming down hard on taverns in Nelson Mandela Bay which seem to have helped create “superspreader” spikes in Covid-19.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is due back in town after his visit last week to local hospitals. 

“Concerned with the resurgence in Covid–19 infections in Nelson Mandela Bay, an Inter-Ministerial team led by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize will again visit the area on Thursday and Friday,” Sizwe Kupelo, a provincial health department spokesperson said. 

He said the delegation with Mkhize would include visits to taverns, some of which had been “proven to be superspreaders since some patrons do not wear a mask and there is minimal social distancing”.

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba said: “Taverns found to be violating regulations may be closed or fined.”

Kupelo said the MEC dismissed media reports of a shortage of Covid-19 beds, saying there were 2,100 Covid-19 beds available in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Mkhize tweeted that Eastern Cape now accounts for between 50% and 55% of daily new Covid cases.