Gauteng hospitals under pressure as Covid-19 infections rise

By Rudolph Nkgadima 11m in the past

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CAPE TOWN – Almost half of the nationwide complete hospital admissions for Covid-19 infections have been recorded in Gauteng.

For the previous two weeks, the province has skilled a rise in Covid-19 circumstances, driving the third wave of infections nationally, as it experiences a sustained enhance in coronavirus circumstances and hospital admissions.

More than 3 000 persons are are within the province’s private and non-private services, with 747 in ICU and 316 individuals on life assist. Nationally there are about 6 727 hospital admissions.

With the province main the uptick in Covid-19 circumstances nationally, Gauteng Premier David Makhura stated the rise in admissions had been extreme and put hospitals under pressure.

Graphics: National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

He warned that, with insufficient provide of energy and electrical energy within the battle towards Covid-19, the scenario would worsen.

Netcare chief government Richard Friedland stated Netcare’s hospitals had been under pressure as they had been seeing a major rise in hospital admissions.

“Here in Gauteng, in terms of active cases, we’re now approximately 50% of where we were in the second wave. We are seeing a significant rise in hospital admissions across all private and public facilities in the province. Fortunately, I think we have a very good oxygen supply and 80% of health-care workers have been vaccinated,” Friedland told ENCA.

The province has recorded more than 476 000 infections, averaging more than 2 000 cases a day over the past week and accounting for 52% of the cases countrywide.

Graphics:National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

There are 103 vaccination websites within the province, 63 of that are within the public sector.

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