Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
11 Jan 2021
5:00 am

Gauteng facing Covid-19 crisis

Sipho Mabena

Gauteng has surpassed the Western Cape with its number of Covid-19 infections, and scenes at one hospital has a worker saying he is scared of going to work.

Picture: ANA

The Steve Biko Academic hospital in Pretoria is in the thick of the Covid-19 onslaught, with staff members detailing a dreadful and chaotic situation and a hanging “smell of death” that has left a porter terrified. Pictures posted on social media have painted a grim scenario at the facility, with patients lined up on beds, with gas cylinders, at the hospital’s roofed entrance area and outside makeshift Covid-19 ward tents. “Mortuary trolleys are busy, all we do now is load and push out bodies. The place of work smells of death, pain and suffering,” said the staff member, who cannot...