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LIVE BLOG: 144 people on ventilators in Gauteng compared to 4 a month ago

The Provincial Command Council gives an update on COVID-19 in Gauteng.

"Let's work together to face this next month," says Makhura.

More than 700 infections in schools. Gauteng is wary of sending more kids back.

The mining sector is also contributing to many infections.

Funeral are hotspots for the spread.

Gauteng has a higher daily infection rate. The pace at which the virus is moving is very fast.

Hospitalisation and mortality rate has increased. 144 people are on ventilators compared to 4 a month ago.

Gauteng now has the most active cases in SA.

The clinician says it will be helpful if we pay attention to how alcohol contributes to trauma cases. SA numbers are very high

More healthcare workers will be infected with the virus.

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Charlotte Maxeke went from 1 ward dealing with cases to having to set up 7.

Some are still not changing behaviours and letting guards down, say the team clinician.

Temp hospitals are been set up with national gov.

Nasrec also acts as a quanrantine site.

More temporary hospitals will add 1500 more beds by the end of July. 500 more will be in hospitals.

Makhura said initially, 600 beds were thought to be enough, but now more are needed.

The system is feeling the pressure and stress with regards to beds and staff.

As it is winter, many patients are coming with respiratory conditions, they need to be tested to to rule out the virus.

Dr Mary Kawonga who is part of the provincial advisory committee says the province as from the 30th of June does not have enough beds as to meet the peak numbers Gauteng is expected.

Additional beds are also being allocated in major hospitals.

More temporary hospitals will be set up in Tshwane, Daveyton and Diepsloot.

Health MEC Masuku says it was anticipated that the shortage in beds would be glaring.

Critical care and general ward beds in Gauteng are enough for predicted numbers for COVID-19 cases in the short term, but not in the long term. 410 more critical care beds are needed, 1,000 high care beds.

One of the major things the province has to look into is the number of hospital beds available.

Makhura says this modelling team informs the decisions the province makes.

Makhura has a panel of experts with him. Talking COVID 19, how it spreads and whom is infected the most.

Makhura says in Gauteng they will ask the National Command Council to reinstate some of the restrictions we had under the previous levels 4 and 5.

Premier David Makhura says the Covid19 storm has arrived in Gauteng. 

“We’re in the storm”.

WATCH LIVE: Provincial Command Council gives update on COVID-19 in Gauteng

WATCH LIVE: Provincial Command Council gives update on COVID-19 in Gauteng

Head of Department, Prof Mkhululi Lukhele and CEO of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Gladys Bogoshi, unveil the 29 bed ICU Ward fitted with modern equipment at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

The Provincial Command Council will today, give an update on COVID-19 in Gauteng.

The presentation will cover:

- The Comprehensive Health Response
- Ward-Based Interventions
- Update on Schools Reopening
- Food Security & Social Relief