COVID-19: Gauteng hospitals swamped, Makhura calls for calm

The coronavirus means Gauteng hospitals are being flooded. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The coronavirus means Gauteng hospitals are being flooded.

That's according to Premier David Makhura, who announced a range of measures to stop the disease from spreading in the province.

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Authorities will begin enforcing restrictions on gatherings from this week.

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All public parks, nature reserves and swimming pools will be closed.

Panic has set in among some residents, and the premier says this is being felt at public hospitals.

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"People are now streaming and flooding into our public health facilities. People are rushing to hospitals. Even those who are likely to not be exposed to this virus are rushing to our facilities. That level of panic will outrun our facilities," he said.

He added that hospitals are delaying regular check-ups and elective surgeries to make space for coronavirus patients.

Gauteng is now the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa.

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