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KZN Health still waiting for ventilators ordered in March as it only has 200

Over 7,700 people have contracted COVID-19 in the province, with 109 related fatalities.

Kwazulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala (R) and provincial Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu (L) at a press briefing on 10 May 2020 in Durban. Picture: @kzngov/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department said it’s still waiting for the arrival of ventilators which were ordered in March.

Over 7,700 people have contracted COVID-19 in the province, with 109 related fatalities.

Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said there are efforts to bolster the number of ventilators available for critical patients.

“As a province, we have just about 200 ventilators. There are other ventilators available in the private sector and that number is also about the same. However, we as government have also ordered new ventilators. We’ve ordered about 100 ventilators.”

Premier Sihle Zikalala said they are concerned about the increasing number of infections among health care workers in the province as 478 frontline staff have contracted the virus in KwaZulu-Natal.