Gauteng premier David Makhura said he’s extremely worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the province and is considering further restrictions.
He has urged residents to change their behaviour if they want to limit the impact of the third wave.
According to Makhura, Gauteng is in desperate need of help to deal with the third wave of COVID-19. He’s officially welcomed members of the SANDF who have been deployed to increase capacity to deal with the virus.
Gauteng is currently the epicentre of the outbreak, making up about 60 percent of new infections and public and private hospitals are facing an increasing demand for beds.
“Hospital admissions are doubling every other day,” Makhura said.
“I must say to the people of our province: The house is on fire.
“We won’t change this trajectory unless we do something dramatic. The restaurants and shops are full.”
The medical personnel from SANDF will be stationed at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital.
At the same time, Makhura said the Anglo-Gold Ashanti facility in the West Rand finally has staff and is ready to be used.
“We have already contracted over 5,000 outside the staff complement, we have contracted over 5,000 healthcare workers to help us deal with COVID,” Makhura said.
“But even that 5,000 we have contracted to add to the staff complement, that is not enough.”
Makhura said staff from the Charlotte Maxeke hospital have been redeployed to assist other facilities while the hospital is closed.
He appealed for support from the public in restricting the spread of the coronavirus by limiting gatherings, movement, and continuing wearing masks.
The provincial coronavirus command council is set to meet on Tuesday where further restrictions will be discussed.