He also said that the stigmatisation of Covid-19 has proved a huge challenge in containing the spread of the virus. He said people found to be positive have mostly opted for self-isolation instead of going to centres provided by government.
Mabuyane said the province is ready to move down to lockdown alert level 3 next week, given its recovery rate, which was sitting at 1,036 at the weekend. There were also 58 deaths. More than 40,000 people have been tested and more than a million screened.
"I think we are actually rising to the occasion... Having seen how we have done since we registered the first positive Covid-19 case, I think we have done fairly well," he said.
"So that work on its own shows our strategy is working and in that process we are able to detect the virus and so far we have been detecting the virus at its embryonic stages in a number of our people. That's why we are still having a lot of recoveries."
Health department head Dr Thobile Mbengashe said: "In the Eastern Cape we have a number of events which are called super-infections events. These events are funerals, these events are in villages, these events are people moving in taxis, moving from one province to another, the workplace, the prisons and all that."
Mbengashe said that they could not stop people from buying food, making a living, burying their loved ones and collecting their grants.
"All those [events] create viability and susceptibility of the infection. What we are doing today is not to stop the infections but to reduce the levels of infections," he said.