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COVID-19 surge overwhelms Nelson Mandela Bay hospitals

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ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST

Article by Lerato Moloi

Nelson Mandela Bay hospital, in Port Elizabeth is one of the hospitals that have been overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.

The government warned against the resurgence of cases, especially in the Eastern Cape. Nelson Mandela Bay hospital has stated they have run out of beds.

Acting-CEO of Livingston hospital, Dr Mthandeki Xamlashe, mentioned that 80 percent of the people who go to ventilation and ICU’s don’t make it out. “We lose half of the people who come to our wards,” he said.

Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize urged everyone to put measures in place to mitigate the impact of the second wave of COVID-19, such as adhering to the social distancing, sanitizing and using soap to wash hands.

As it stands, there are 2270 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of cases to 767 679.

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