Western Cape hospitals under pressure

WC hospitals are under pressure from rising COVID-19 patient numbers. It's putting a strain on ICU beds and other resources. Dr. Saadiq Kariem from the Western Cape Department of Health spoke with eNCA's Thembekile Mrototo. Courtesy of #DStv403

 

CAPE TOWN - Hospitals in the Western Cape are under pressure from rising COVID-19 patient numbers.  

It's putting a strain on ICU beds and other resources.

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The Western Cape Health Department has warned that if this continues, there could be a delay in admissions of patients and other essential services.  

On Friday, there were more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients in Western Cape hospitals.

More than 200 of them were in ICU.

Many of the hospitals in the province are nearing full capacity.

The Western Cape health department said it is looking at adding more beds.

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Source
eNCA

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