Makhura warns of Covid-19 storm in Gauteng as cases continue to rise

Makhura warns of Covid-19 storm in Gauteng as cases continue to rise

- The Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned of the exponential rise in Covid-19 cases in the province

- Makhura has warned of a coming Covid-19 storm in the area

- The province has the second-highest Covid-19 cases in the country, it also has a recovery rate of just 24%

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku warned on Monday that the Covid-19 pandemic could soon worsen in the province.

The Gauteng Department of Health said it concerned about the rising number of active cases.

Masuku said the low number of people needing hospitalisation gives hope, said eNCA.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Gauteng Premier David Makhura
Source: UGC

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South Africa currently has 144 264 Covid-19 cases and 2 529 deaths. The Western Cape still remains the epicentre of the virus in the country with 61 375 cases and 1 807 deaths.

Gauteng, however, has become of particular concern because of the active cases in the province. Out of the 39 841 cases in the province, there are only 9 738 recoveries.

The Western Cape's recovery rate is 70% while Gauteng's is only 24%.

BusinessTech reported that the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said Gauteng's cases could potentially triple every two weeks. reported that South Africa's top scientist, Professor Shabir Madhi, said a contributing factor to Gauteng's rising cases is people not wearing masks in public and this should deemed illegal.

Makhura cautioned that Gauteng residents should brace themselves for a peak of infections. The Premier said the storm of Covid-19 has arrived in Gauteng and it will take all stakeholders to weather the storm.

On Monday, Makhura attended a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with car manufacturer BMW, along with the German government, to assist South Africa in its Covid-19 response.

BMW donated over 700 beds which will be distributed to hospitals across the province. Early this year, the car manufacturer also donated cars to help support South Africa's fight against gender-based violence (GBV).

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