From bed to worse: this is the mess SA is in as virus surge looms

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From bed to worse: this is the mess SA is in as virus surge looms

The fight is bedevilled by PPE, bed and test problems, and meddling unions are making it worse, say officials

Graeme Hosken and Sipokazi Fokazi

SA’s healthcare system faces a total medical needs onslaught as the Covid-19 infections surge fast approaches.

The pandemic is expected to peak in August.

Medical Research Council mortality data, which compares natural deaths from 2018 until now, shows death rates in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane have often surpassed the lower-than-predicted normal mortality levels and are often exceeding far higher future predictions, with numbers increasing since the easing of lockdown regulations...

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