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Cyril puts hotspot Bay in the dry dock, but initiation season will go ahead

Nelson Mandela Bay’s curfew will revert to 10pm to 4am and alcohol sales have been restricted

Aphiwe Deklerk and Kgothatso Madisa

Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape are due to spend the festive season and Christmas under a stricter lockdown as their city became the first to be declared a Covid-19 hotspot.

Those in the neighbouring Garden Route of the Western Cape have been spared for now, despite that area also being flagged among three in the country experiencing a resurgence of Covid-19 infections.

In his address to the nation on Thursday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa said measures to curb the rapid spread of the virus in the popular tourism destination would only be taken “in the coming days”, after a visit by health minister Zweli Mkhize to assess the situation...

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