Covid-19 update: Gauteng to overtake Western Cape in infections

Covid-19 update: Gauteng to overtake Western Cape in infections

The Covid-19 pandemic in SA seems set to change its momentum with Gauteng expected to emerge as the new epicentre. Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates.

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SA has just recorded 138 134 cases and 2 456 fatalities and it appears that the nation needs to brace for a spike in coming days.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic:

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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize
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1. Cases spike to 138 134 infections, 2 456 deaths

South Africa continues to experience high daily Covid-19 infections with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirming the latest statistics.

The cumulative number of coronavirus cases in SA has spiked to 138 134 infections, according to the Health Ministry.

Mkhize also confirmed that the number of deaths has also increased to over 2 400:

"Regrettably we report 43 new Covid-19-related deaths, bringing the total to 2 456."

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2. Eastern Cape public health sector struggling to keep up with demand

Medical professionals in the Eastern Cape are facing high levels of infection with the situation expected to worsen as SA heads deeper into winter.

City Press reports that the majority of hospitals are already full and this is ahead of the predicted peak later this year.

Doctors spoke to the publication on the condition of anonymity, saying that there simply wasn't enough being done by the Department of Health to prepare:

“There are not enough hands to care for everyone. These poor people; we feel so sorry for their families because nobody can enter the hospital. So, there are no witnesses to what is really going on, except us medical personnel.
"Families have no idea what their loved ones are really going through. There is not a single healthcare worker who will ever be the same after this thing. We are emotionally broken.”

3. Gauteng expected to surpass Western Cape

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has revealed that Gauteng is expected to emerge with the highest number of cases.

Explaining that the province would soon have a drastic spike in Covid-19 cases, Mkhize commented that:

"We believe that within the coming days, Gauteng will emerge with the highest Covid-19 numbers. Factors contributing to this trend are inward migration, the large population (especially in metros like Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane), increased congregating, which spurs cluster outbreaks, and the level to which people are able to adapt to new behaviours such as social distancing and the wearing of masks."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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