- Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has shed some light on the expected impact of the coronavirus in the province
- The current projections indicate that a minimum of 60% of Gauteng residents are expected to contract the virus
- This comes as Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize warns that this may well be the quiet before the storm
Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has outlined the grim predictions for his province as far as the coronavirus in concerned.
Speaking to eNCA on Friday morning, Masuku commented on the current projections for the outbreak:
"In terms of modelling it will be difficult to articulate a particular figure, but I would say that we are looking at 60% of the community will be infected. If you are looking at Gauteng this would be around 9 million out of 15 million people."
While not everyone who is infected will need hospitalisation, Masuku warned that the figures are still high:
"In that 9 million, 60% will have mild symptoms which will not require hospitalisation and we are talking a figure of around 3 to 4 million. Then those who will require medical attention, particularly high-care attention, we are working on a figure of between 1% and 5% which makes it around 1.5 million people."
The MEC said that the government is using these predictions to determine their response, using the figures to help determine how much space should be prepared.
Briefly.co.za reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had noted the unexpectedly low number of infections, but warned citizens that this was not the time to relax:
"We are not making an exaggeration when we say the calm before the storm. We are saying if you let go of these conditions and when you see the flu season coming, it may change this. The issue is, we must not be complacent. Just remember the virus has no boundaries. It doesn’t mean if you’ve dealt with it now there won’t be another wave."
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