COVID-19: EC health department refutes scathing report

The Eastern Cape doesn't have enough capacity to deal with COVID-19 demands. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Eastern Cape health department refutes a Coronavirus Command Council report that it lacks capacity to deal with COVID-19 demands.

According to the report, unless the Eastern Cape rapidly increases its capabilities, demand will exceed supply. 

But the provincial health department says the report was based on the projection of a worst-case scenario.

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“The projections were not properly explained, that is the worst-case scenario,” said Thobile Mbengashe from the Eastern Cape Health Department.

“That's a scenario where there was no lockdown in the country and the province has done no other intervention and that would have come to those kind of levels but the post lockdown scenario is a very different scenario. What we have now, the lockdown has created a huge difference in that sort of doomsday projection and because the curve has been flatten and the number of the new infections as compared to what could have happened has not actually happened and we have been able to use that period to build the health services and make ourselves much more ready than we should have been if there was a surge to that level.”

The province has 6,760 cases and 138 deaths.

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