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Garden Route sees spike in Covid-19 circumstances, hospitals buckle under the strain

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  • Garden Route District well being director Zee Brickles stated Hessequa and Bitou have had the largest proportion will increase of Covid-19 circumstances. 
  • Brickles stated George Regional Hospital was now under extreme stress. 
  • Western Cape Premier Alan Winde stated the present seven-day transferring common was 87 deaths per day.

The Garden Route District in the Western Cape has reported one other spike in Covid-19 circumstances over the previous seven days.

According to well being authorities, there was a 29% district enhance in new circumstances over the final seven days in comparison with the seven two weeks in the past.

Garden Route well being director Zee Brickles stated Hessequa and Bitou have had the largest proportion will increase.

“The new cases are widespread with many household clusters. The total number of positive patients for the district on 26 July 2021 is 48 297. One week ago, it was 45 017. This is a very big increase. There are now a total of 1 706 deaths. This is regretfully an increase of 97 since the report of last week.”

He added hospitals have been struggling to deal with the surge.

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This is a excessive quantity and displays the very tough position hospitals are in at the second for employees who has to handle this and the trauma and grief that many households and associates must bear. Supply of oxygen to hospitals has dramatically elevated and meticulous monitoring of accessible oxygen and ordering is being finished.

Brickles stated George Regional Hospital was now under extreme stress.

On Monday, there have been 96 Covid-19 sufferers in the wards, of which 24 are in excessive care.

“Harry Comay Hospital, a step-down facility for George Hospital, is under pressure. There are now 27 patients in the two wards, which is the maximum capacity with the available staff. Additional measures have been put in place to accommodate more patients. All district hospitals are very busy with an increase in admissions,” he added.

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Premier Alan Winde stated the present seven-day transferring common was 87 deaths per day.

“The Western Cape’s health system is still under pressure, and so we have to make sure we continue to break the chain of transmission and protect those most at risk of severe Covid-19 illness.”


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