Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
6 Jul 2021
5:00 am

Gauteng hospitals become Covid-19 hotspots, as excess deaths skyrocket

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Nurses have raised the alarm that Gauteng is facing staffing challenges and equipment shortages, while patients are dying in droves.

A medic escorts a woman into a hospital where patients infected with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus are being treated in the settlement of Kommunarka outside Moscow on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Gauteng hospital workers in the eye of the raging Covid-19 infection storm say critical care beds and staff shortages are leading to deaths that could have been prevented if the public health sector was better prepared. This as concerns are raised that hospitals themselves are also fast becoming super-spreaders among staff and patients, while excess deaths have shot up by over 2,000 in the last weeks of last month. "I have never seen anything like what I am seeing here. The patients that are coming in of all ages, the ones that are waiting for ICU and high-care are so...