COVID-19 in SA: Western Cape prepares for second peak

The Western Cape is surging towards its second Covid-19 peak. It's expected within the next two weeks and authorities are pulling out all the stops to try manage the spread. The province has more active cases, more hospitalisations and more deaths than during the first wave. Ayesha Ismail has all the details. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Western Cape is expected to reach its second COVID-19 peak within the next two weeks.

Authorities are pulling out all the stops to try to manage the spread. 

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More beds and more staff are being brought in to deal with the health crisis caused by the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Temporary tents have been commissioned in areas like Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain and the defence force has also been asked to help out. 
Meanwhile, healthcare workers in the province continue to become infected and are begging for help.

“We are going to push to get as many staff members as we can. That is why were are calling every single person, we are asking the agencies, we are asking the military, we are asking every possible avenue for getting additional staff into the system," said Keith Cloete, Western Cape Head of Health.

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The Western Cape says it has a proactive strategy to access vaccines approved by the SA Health Products Regulatory Authority.

This is being done in conjunction with the national health minister and the National Health Department. 


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