Demand for hospital beds in Gauteng at crisis level: SAMRC

The country is now on alert level 3 of the lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced yesterday that tighter measures are needed as COVID-19 infections increase. Restrictions include a revised curfew from 10pm to 4am, and a limit on the number of people allowed to gather. There are also new alcohol restrictions in place but is moving the country to level 3, a good move by government? eNCA's Shahan Ramkissoon discusses this further with Professor Charles Parry from the South African Medical Research Council. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Demand for hospital beds in Gauteng is at crisis levels.

That's as the number of new COVID-19 infections skyrocket in the province. 

The South African Medical Research Council says urgent action is needed from government before the situation gets worse.

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"Hearing from most emergency doctors, for example, that it is incredibly busy and that there is a lot of pressure and it can't get much worse so perhaps there is capacity at the moment but certainly as the third wave increases in a week or two it is going to be dire so I think action needs to be taken before it gets to that point," said Professor Charles Parry from the South African Medical Research Council.

Professor Parry says stricter restrictions may be needed in order to curb the spread of the virus. 

South Africa has recorded its highest daily number of COVID-19 cases since January this year. 


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