Concerns mount over Eastern Cape COVID-19 infections

Nurses at St Mary's hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, claim COVID-19 positive AND negative patients are sharing the same ward. In an exclusive interview, four nurses at the facility describe their fear for themselves, saying they were exposed when the first patient tested positive due to a lack of protective gear. The hospital denies the claims. eNCA's Aviwe Mtila brings you this story. Courtesy #DStv403

EAST LONDON - Nearly 80 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are from the Western and Eastern Cape and 90 percent of deaths have been reported in those provinces.

The Health Department said the same pattern that drove the outbreak in the Western Cape is developing in the Eastern Cape.

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It will now focus attention on the province to limit the escalation of infections.

37 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, with 29 in the Western Cape, seven in the Eastern Cape and one from KZN.

READ: Eastern Cape clinic shut after nurse contracts COVID-19

Nurses’ unions said shortages of protective gear are putting Eastern Cape health workers at risk of contracting COVID-19.

The Eastern Cape Health Department's Dr Thobile Mbengashe said what they're experiencing is severe community anxiety.

READ: PPE shortages put Eastern Cape health workers at risk: Denosa​​​​​​​

He said healthcare workers should follow all the protocols put in place to safeguard them, including the use of PPE and adequate hygiene procedures.

Residents in the Eastern Cape have been affected by water shortages, raising concerns about hygiene.

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