Mediclinic has halted all elective surgeries within the Western Cape province amid a dramatic spike in infections. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
Mediclinic has opted to clamp down as it battles to cope with increasing numbers of admissions due to Covid-19 in the Western Cape.
The province is seeing a surge amid South Africa's second wave of Covid-19 infections this festive season.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on Covid-19 below:
1. Mediclinic halts non-emergency surgeries in the Western Cape
Mediclinic has opted to half all elective, non-emergency surgeries in the Western Cape in a bid to manage the growing demand for space in hospitals amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
The group has warned the public to adjust its behaviour and manage the risk of contracting the virus amid the second wave of infections.
In a statement released by the group over the course of the weekend, it was revealed that the number of people seeking medical care has now exceeded the first wave in SA:
"Within the last month, Mediclinic has noted an increase from less than 100 admitted Covid-19 patients to more than 500 patients within its facilities across the Western Cape, including the Garden Route."
2. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once again updated South Africa on the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement released by the Department of Health on Saturday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"Today the cumulative number of cases stands at 912 477 with 10 939 new cases identified since the last report."
In addition to the infections, the Minister also confirmed the latest fatalities recorded:
"Regrettably, 254 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 85, Free State 12, Gauteng 18, Kwa-Zulu Natal 61, Limpopo 4 and Western Cape 74 which brings the total deaths to 24 539 deaths."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Covid-19 pandemic won't be stopping Santa from travelling across the world to hand out gifts this Christmas.
Maria Van Kerkhove, who is leading the WHO's response to the crisis, told a press briefing that Santa is in the clear:
"I understand the concern for Santa, because he is of older age. I can tell you that Santa Claus is immune to this virus. We had a brief chat with him and he is doing very well and Mrs Claus is doing very well, and they are very busy right now."
She revealed that the WHO had heard from many world leaders, who had confirmed that they had relaxed quarantine measures that are hampering global travel in order to help Santa get around.
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