COVID-19: SAMA warns of bleak state of health facilities

The covid-19 outbreak isn't showing any signs of easing down. Experts warn the number of new cases will in surge in the coming weeks. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Medical Association (Sama) says health facilities in Gauteng are in a bleak state.

The association warns defying lockdown regulations will only add to the burden.

The province is expected to see a surge in cases in the coming weeks.

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Sama also says it is concerning that the taxi industry wants to defy the lockdown.

According to Sama Chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee In Gauteng, most of the hospitals for COVID-19 patients already at capacity.

"If you fill the taxi to maximum capacity, there is no way to get 1.5 metres distance between people. We need to make sure our people are safe. We are now moving into the eye of the storm."

Coetzee also warns that the COVID-19 crisis is only getting worse.

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She says the public is in the dark about the state of health facilities.

Ekurhuleni and Gauteng continue to be areas of concern.

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South Africa's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are at 138,134.

The country's confirmed COVID-19 death toll now stands at 2,456.

Watch the full interview with Sama Chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee  in the video above.