Eastern Cape Department of Health: 5 million people could be infected

Eastern Cape Department of Health: 5 million people could be infected

- Over 5 million people in the Eastern Cape are expected to be infected by the Covid-19 virus, says department of health

- Around 50 000 of the infected people might die

- Oscar Mabuyane said the province would remain strong in its fight against the pandemic

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About 80% of people in the Eastern Cape, South Africa's 4th most populated province, are expected to contract the Covid-19 virus, says the Eastern Cape department of health.

The province has a population of around 7 million and about 5.6 million are expected to be infected with the virus. These figures are reflected in a report by the Eastern Cape department of health presented to the Eastern Cape command council.

From the 5.6 million people that are expected to be infected, 80% will present mild symptoms or to be asymptomatic. 15% might require admission to a hospital and 5% are expected to need intensive care. The report said between 1% and 3% of people infected might die from the virus.

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As it stands, the Eastern Cape has 4324 Covid-19 cases, with 88 deaths. The province has 2123 recoveries. The province has the second highest number of cases after the Western Cape, which has 23 583 cases.

EC Premier Oscar Mabuyane, who chairs the provincial command council, said his government was saddened by the loss of lives, but would remain resolute in its efforts to work with its social partners and the public to fight the virus.

Mabuyane said:

"We welcome the report of the department of health, which details its operations for screening, testing, quarantine and isolation of people with the virus"

In April, South Africa's Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize visited the Eastern Cape for an inspection and he left furious after his observation. It emerged that the Eastern Cape government failed to provide adequate resources for the municipality to tackle the pandemic.

The Eastern Cape's Covid-19 numbers recently overtook KwaZul Natal and Gauteng's cases, which were second and third, respectively. The health ministry attributed the rise in cases in the EC to the number of funerals taking place in the province with high attendance.

Briefly.co.za reported that people traveling from the highly infected Western Cape to Eastern Cape are also major factors in the increase in EC cases.

According to the report, 191 public and private health care workers, 71 of whom are from the Nelson Mandela Bay area, had tested positive for the virus.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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