Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the province has more than enough beds to help with the second wave of Covid-19 in the province. The Premier said this while delivering a report by the provincial command council on the response of Covid-19 in the province on Tuesday.
According to Makhura a total of 525 beds are expected to be added in Gauteng health facilities to deal with surging Covid-19 infections as more young people are being admitted to hospitals.
The Gauteng province has recorded about 338 071 cases, 6 170 deaths and over 280 000 recoveries since the start of the pandemic. Active cases are sitting at just over 50 000 and the fatality rate is 1.8%, which is a figure that Makhura said was on the rise.
Despite the effects that the second wave was putting a strain on Gauteng’s health system, Makhura was confident that the province has put measures in place to deal with the situation. “We have the better capacity at the moment to face the second wave than we had, in terms of the number of beds as well as the number of personnel,” said Makhura.
Disturbing images and videos of packed hospitals have been circulating on social media platforms, including images of the Steve Biko Academic hospital in Tshwane.
Makhura said the situation in hospitals was a concern but he said they were not yet packed to capacity. “We had a stable number of hospital admissions in our public facilities until December the number started to increase again. As the beginning of January, we were as low as 700 hospital admissions in the public sector,” said Makhura. He said that the number of hospital admissions have tripled to over 2700 over the past seven day.
Makhura has urged residents to continue adhering to the Covid-19 regulations.