Covid-19 update: Eastern Cape hospitals fill up as fatalities spike

Covid-19 update: Eastern Cape hospitals fill up as fatalities spike

The government insists that reckless behaviour has filled up hospital beds in Nelson Mandela Bay. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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The spotlight had been on the Eastern Cape province in recent times as SA continues to record spikes in Covid-19 cases.

The government feels that reckless behaviour ultimately led to hospital beds filling up in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest Covid-19 updates below:

Covid-19 update: Eastern Cape hospitals fill up as fatalities spike
Zweli Mkhize during a visit to Eastern Cape hospitals. Image: Flickr/ GovernmentZA
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1. Nelson Mandela Bay filled by reckless behaviour

The government has responded to a spike in Covid-19 infections in the Nelson Mandela Bay area by blaming reckless behaviour.

A shortage of oxygen has added to the strain with the ripple effect of infections evident in the number of staff members who have either tested positive or have began showing signs of fatigue.

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eNCA spoke to Dr Mthandeki Xamlashe, Livingston Hospital's acting CEO, who revealed that 80% of citizens who need ventilation and ICU end up dying.

District manager Darlene De Vos issued a warning to South Africans as it battles to manage the situation:

"COVID is real, COVID is dangerous, COVID can kill. On a daily basis over the past week, we had in excess of 10 deaths per day. The day before yesterday and this is only hospital deaths, 20 people died in our hospitals across the metro."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with an update on the latest number of Covid-19 cases.

In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Sunday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases is 767 679 with 2 270 new cases identified since the last report."

The Minister confirmed that the Eastern Cape province had experienced the highest number of fatalities:

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"Regrettably, 58 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 28, Free State 13 , Gauteng 8 and Western Cape 9. This brings the total to 20 903 deaths."

Mkhize also noted that recoveries now stand at 710 099 which translates to a recovery rate of 92,5%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa emplored that the Covid-19 vaccine, once it is available, is accessible to all countries.

Speaking to the G20 Leaders, Ramaphosa insisted that global recovery needs to be completely inclusive:

"Another immediate task is to ensure that there is equitable and affordable access for all countries to the COVID-19 vaccine once it is developed."

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Source: Briefly News

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