Zikalala said the province had witnessed an increase in family clusters, indicating that infected family members were not complying with self-quarantine and self-isolation rules.
While infections are not showing signs of a significant decrease, the provincial government has repurposed 540 beds in eThekwini, iLembe and Harry Gwala. Field hospitals have been commissioned, making available 954 more beds and the province has also engaged private facilities (hotels and lodges) for extra beds.
“Of the total available Covid-19 dedicated isolation beds (1,925), 3% were vacant. Of the total ICU beds (127) allocated in the public sector, 50% were occupied, as of January 2.
“There are currently 4,340 patients admitted in both private and public [facilities], of those admitted, 472 patients (11%) required intensive care services. Private hospitals had more patients than public facilities.”
Zikalala once again pleaded for behavioural change so the province could beat the pandemic and save lives.
“We all need to realise that we are in a difficult time, and behave like people who are in mourning. Let us please use the only tools that we have against this virus,” he added.