- Hospitals are beginning to fill up as Covid-19 cases increase in the country
- The Gauteng Health Department said on Thursday that all government hospitals have reached maximum capacity
- Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said he doesn't believe the healthcare system would fail in the next coming weeks
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As the number of Covid-19 infections continue to rise at an exponential rate, the healthcare systems in the country are beginning to feel the pressure.
Covid-19 cases in Gauteng have increased significantly in recent days and this is beginning to put a strain in hospitals.
The Gauteng Department of Health confirmed today that all government hospitals in the province have reached maximum bed capacity.
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News24 reported that Department spokesperson Philani Mthembu said:
"Please note that all the Gauteng Health facilities have reached the maximum bed capacity."
Mhlungu added that the reasons for maximum capacity being reached included the number of maternity cases, neonatal ICU cases, mental health (substance abuse) cases, trauma cases linked to alcohol and Covid-19 cases.
Briefly.co.za reported that Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane reached out to President Cyril Ramaphosa pleading with him to assist the province as the hospitals are feeling the strain of Covid-19.
As at 1 July, South Africa has 159 333 positive identified Covid-19 cases and 2 749 deaths. The cases have increased by 8 124 in the last 24 hours. Gauteng has 45 944 confirmed cases and 244 deaths.
On Monday, the Gauteng government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BMW SA and the German government which will see the department get R76 million to boost its fight against Covid-19. This will also include 700 beds.
On Wednesday, Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku told News24 that while he doesn't believe the public healthcare system would fail in coming weeks, it would, however, "feel the pressure".
Masuku added that in many facilities are going to see a lot of accident and emergency departments filled up with patients waiting to be put on beds.
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