EC provincial command council reveals grim Covid-19 projections

EC provincial command council reveals grim Covid-19 projections

- The Eastern Cape Covid-19 death toll is expected to peak between October and November

- This is according to a report compiled by the Eastern Cape provincial command council

- The report also reveals the province needs to improve its capacity in order to manage the demand of the pandemic

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The Eastern Cape provincial command council reported that it expects the Covid-19 death toll to kill between 5 500 and 6 000 people in the province over the next few months.

These grim projections were contained in a report compiled by the council. The projected deaths are expected to happen when the virus peaks between October and November.

The report also revealed that the Eastern Cape does not have enough resources available to manage the demand of the pandemic.

The Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has called for the ban of alcohol sales in the province as alcohol-related trauma cases strain the healthcare system.

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The Eastern Cape is South Africa's poorest province and rife with blatant corruption, declining infrastructure and increasing unemployment. reported that the Eastern Cape government said it expects over five million people in the province to contract the Covid-19 virus.

To date, the province has the second highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country after the Western Cape. The Eastern Cape has 6 341 confirmed cases and 127 deaths.

The provincial command council report added that the province will experience a situation where the demand would exceed supply.

In April, Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize was angered by the Eastern Cape government after it emerged that it failed to provide adequate resources for the municipality to tackle the pandemic.

This past weekend Dr Mkhize visited the Eastern Cape again and revealed that while the province had reduced testing backlog, it still has a way to go before clearing it.

The Health Minister also expressed his concern because of the province's close proximity to the country's Covid-19 virus epicentre, the Western Cape.

Dr Mkhize also added that the province's hotspots will be divided into sub-districts to better manage the fight against the pandemic through regional responses.

He will be visiting the province again later this week.

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