‘’We call on each of us in our family units, communities as well as society gatherings over this festive period to be reminded of the sacrifices that have already been made since the advent of the novel coronavirus nearly two years ago now.
“Many jobs have been shed largely due to the necessary adjusted level national lockdown to save lives, however, this has had devastating consequences for the poor and working-class as businesses shut down.”
Mabuyane said the province had largely managed to stabilise the rate of new infections.
‘’Our economy which has been battered but has weathered the storm is now starting to rebound.
“While the numbers are still very low, more people are returning to the workplace as the economy reopens.
‘’We dare not let the gains we have made slip away from our grasp, we dare not allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security — even those among us who have been vaccinated must continue to adhere to the established safety norms to manage this pandemic,’’ Mabuyane said.
The number of confirmed cases in the province since the start of the pandemic is 289,143, according to statistics released by the national department of health.
More than 277,700 people have recovered and about 15,200 have died.
The country’s recovery rate is at 96.3%.
So far, 25,274,889 vaccinations have been administered nationwide.
In the Eastern Cape, more than 2-million doses have been administered.