EC health officials on alert after spike in COVID-19 cases

Eastern Cape Health officials are on alert. This as Nelson Mandela Bay runs out of intensive care bed, with close to 5000 active COVID-19 cases. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Eastern Cape Health officials are on alert.

This as Nelson Mandela Bay runs out of intensive care bed with close to 5,000 active COVID-19 cases.

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The province is seeing coronavirus infections increase faster than anywhere else in South Africa.

According to the latest figures, 19 out of the 23 deaths recorded on Monday were in the Eastern Cape and close to 50-percent of all new infections were noted in that province.

"When you look at the number of cases you also get worried about the number of deaths that are actually happening and if those deaths become too high then you have to worry," said Thobile Mbengashe from the Eastern Cape Health Department.

"You also have to look at what is called excess death, those deaths that you probably don't see in hospitals but are also happening at home."

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Mbengashe says a new strategy has been developed to help deal with the rise in cases.

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