Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku says health officials are putting further measures in place to assist those infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The remark comes after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s assertions that South Africa’s economic hub is soon expected to overtake Western Cape’s coronavirus infections. Currently, the Western Cape is the epicentre of the outbreak with most cases.

“The issue is continuing increasing the capacity, which is work that is under way. Some have been completed and some are just starting to be ready for August – where we think that the peak would be high. The issue is to be able to hospitalise those who will be requiring medical intervention at that time. We also need to continue to try and discourage people from disregarding the regulations so that we can continue to decrease the rate of the spread,” says Masuku.

SA’s COVID-19 stats below:

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The Western Cape has 60 445 confirmed cases – with over 42 636 recoveries. The country has recorded over 138 000 infections and 2 456 COVID-19 related deaths. Mkhize says Gauteng’s infection rate is expected to rise after the clearing of the province’s testing backlog.

In the video below, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize gives an update on COVID-19 situation: