MP questions lack of promised hospital capacity with lockdown looming

MP questions lack of promised hospital capacity with lockdown looming

- DA MP Dean Macpherson has raised some questions over the Covid-19 lockdown

- SA went into lockdown to give hospitals the chance to increase capacity for an inevitable surge of cases

- Macpherson questioned why, despite the immense sacrifice, this capacity seems non-existent

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Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Dean Macpherson has raised a pertinent question over the Covid-19 lockdown.

When the initial lockdown was announced, it was explained that the restrictions were to build capacity in the healthcare sector.

Macpherson took to social media to question why, now that the second wave is in full swing, this capacity seems nonexistent:

"We were promised extra hospital capacity would be built in the first lockdown and that's why 2 million people had to 'sacrifice' their jobs and more than 40% of businesses would close. Where is it?"

Macpherson questioned where this promised capacity is now that there is a need for it. Image: Dean Macpherson
Source: Twitter

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Take a look at the reactions to this question below:

@bahumi_marumo: "Now we are back to that old story "hospitals are overwhelmed,we need another hard lockdown for what? This government is not considerate at all ,we can't have a government that is not accountable to the people and they expect that from the people it has to cut both ways."
@grahamshapiro: "I have heard from more than 1 health professional that’s hospitals are at about 70% - one mentioned how hospitals have lost money and medical aids made money in a year of a pandemic."
@passenger747: "Really? you actually thought the ANC would do what they said they would? Come on..."
@aleoniea: "Did you take the Government seriously . Mistake."
@SallyShuttle: "Perhaps you could put this question to someone who has the actual responsibility. I do not recall any plans to build additional hospitals. It was about ventilators and PPE, plus test and trace."
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Meanwhile, reported that the National Coronavirus Command Council is set to meet this week as SA suffers through the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

A recent report indicates that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be recalling cabinet ministers from their holiday.

An urgent meeting is set to take place on Tuesday to address the crisis, while it remains unclear what restrictions will be amended.

Sunday Times, speaking to a government insider, reported that a review may see:

  • Lowered limits on gatherings
  • Movement restrictions
  • Borders being closed
  • Alcohol restrictions

Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has warned restaurants that they would face more restrictions should they fail to adhere to lockdown.

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