Covid-19 poll: 72% of citizens feel SA won't cope with case influx

Covid-19 poll: 72% of citizens feel SA won't cope with case influx

- Briefly.co.za readers have weighed in on the current coronavirus pandemic

- The majority of citizens felt that the nation's health system isn't ready for an influx of cases

- In addition to this, most don't feel like the government has ramped up testing enough

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The coronavirus crisis and the subsequent lockdown is on most people's mind as South Africa prepares to relax restrictions.

With the relaxation, numerous citizens fear an influx in the number of cases is on the cards and 72% of Briefly.co.za readers felt that the nation's health system won't be able to cope.

This comes despite over a month under Level 5 restrictions, with only essential staff allowed to continue operating.

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Mzukisi Tsengiwe II commented that first-world nations had battled to keep up with the demand for health care services.

"I mean it has hit first world countries so hard in such a way that thousands of lives are lost every day. You take SA into account and you realize that it is an emerging country with a poor health care system. So the answer is no admin."

Lesedi Letuka felt that citizens should have more confidence in the nation's healthcare system.

"A lot of u have no confidence in your own healthcare system, thus so disappointing."

71% Of readers felt that the government was failing to test enough patients on a daily basis.

Pontso RaletingOwalaye defended the state, saying that the widespread testing with so few fatalities was impressive.

"Testing is expensive, the Government has done good so far, some government don't test unless you have symptoms the reason more people are dying in UK and America, for SA to begin testing with under 100 death the government is very caring, no country has strategised to test everyone except South Korea it cannot be done due to the cost of the test kit."

Andrew Rowe felt that the amount of testing being carried out in comparison to the number of people in the country revealed the reality of the situation.

"At the current rate of testing it will take 6000 days to complete the whole population - what are we going to do then? What’s the point?"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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