The Gauteng Department of Health says that a total of 5,576 COVID-19 positive people are currently hospitalized in private and public health facilities across the province.
Gauteng is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic with 112,714 confirmed coronavirus cases. 767 people have lost their lives and 45,743 Gauteng residents have recovered.
The Department of Health says that out of a total of 46,436 contacts traced (these are individuals who were in contact with people who tested positive with COVID-19); 29,128 people people have completed the 14 days monitoring symptoms and are therefore de-isolated.
Region A in the City of Johannesburg which includes Kaalfontein, Ebony Park, Ivory Park and Midrand has 4,816 confirmed cases as at yesterday, 15 July 2020 and 2,108 people have recovered. This translates to a 43,7% recovery rate.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng have urged residents living in and around Tembisa to continue staying at home as the country heads to its Covid-19 peak.
The party visited the Tembisa Hospital on Tuesday, 14 July 2020, following complaints by community members over a lack of service delivery.
EFF Gauteng interim chairperson Itani Mukwevho says the situation at the hospital has worsened since the start of the outbreak.
“What we want listeners to know is that they should stay at home and wear a mask. In Gauteng it’s true that the pandemic and the peak will be very high. It will be very bad for all of us to adhere to rules that deal with the pandemic.”
“The CEO (of Tembisa Hospital Lekopane Mogaladi) even told us to say we don’t have beds. There is a shortage of beds, you’ll find that there are people on the floor. Some are just standing there, they are saying that they have been there from early hours and are not getting services. The hospital is full, they are taking people to Steve Biko and Steve Biko is full. That is why the hospital is being told that we have a shortage of beds which we are going to see as a problem and these Covid patients will not get services.” Mukwevho told Jacaranda FM listeners.
The COVID-19 testing sites in Region A are Halfway House Clinic in Midrand and Bophelong Clinic in Ivory Park.