'I don't think SA will have enough beds, staff and oxygen for COVID-19 peak'
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Sunday that the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 196,750. There were 8,773 new infections.
There were 173 new coronavirus-related deaths: 71 from Gauteng; 40 from the Western Cape; 29 from the Eastern Cape; 21 from KwaZulu-Natal; 10 from the Free State and 2 from the Northern Cape. The total number of deaths is 3,199.
With the surge of infections expected, are medical facilities well equipped to deal with the spread?
Mandy Wiener on The Midday Report chats to Wits University emeritus professor of critical care Guy Richards says the country is running into a crisis in terms of bed availability both in hospitals and quarantine facilities.
The deficiencies are in staffing, which is exacerbated by the number of staff contracting the virus. People have not thought through the amount of oxygen that will be required at each of the venues including standard hospitals and quarantine facilities.Guy Richards, Emeritus professor of critical care - Wits University
I don't think South Africa will have enough beds for the COVID-19 peak and we are going to be overwhelmed. Currently, private hospitals and public hospitals are already running at maximum. When we say beds, it's not just a bed; it is beds, staff and it is oxygen. You can only say you have a bed if all three of those things are available.Guy Richards, Emeritus professor of critical care - Wits University
Listen below to the full conversation:
The cumulative number of confirmed cases is 559,585. There were 6,670 new infections and the total number of deaths is 10,408.Read More
Mandy Wiener talks to Wits professor of vaccinology Shabir Madhi about the state of the pandemic in South Africa.Read More
The bank is one of only six in the world to be recognised in this way for outstanding performance during the global health crisis.Read More
Director-general Dondo Mogajane reflects on the R70 billion loan granted to the country by the International Monetary Fund.Read More
The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Velma Corcoran, Country Manager at Airbnb South Africa.Read More
It still argues that the lockdown, not the pandemic, is responsible for its clients’ losses. Bruce Whitfield interviews its CEO.Read More
Report co-author Professor Debbie Bradshaw says there needs to be re-look at some provinces' reporting of deaths.Read More
The Health Ministry said that over 194,000 people have recovered since the virus was detected in South Africa back in March.Read More
Bruce Whitfield interviews reps from the Liquor Brandowners Association, Norman Goodfellows and National Liquor Traders Council.Read More
Pundits on the Clement Manyathela Show discuss the effects of the liquor ban on hospital emergency units.Read More