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Hospital beds at the Anglo Gold Ashanti facility in Gauteng – Image via: Twitter

COVID-19: Gauteng hospitals overwhelmed as people die in car parks

With the Covid-19 third wave battering Gauteng, hospitals in the province are filling up quickly with people now reportedly dying in their cars outside.

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Hospital beds at the Anglo Gold Ashanti facility in Gauteng – Image via: Twitter

As Gauteng grapples with the third wave of COVID-19, hospitals are so overwhelmed that medical personnel has said people are dying in private cars outside the emergency units.

This week, a matron from a Gauteng hospital spoke to IOL about how the current situation was different from the last two waves. How mobile cold rooms now come to the back of the hospital to collect the dead because the mortuaries are full. She told the publication that the dead aren’t just counted in the wards, but also the hospital car park.

“When I do my rounds in the mornings, it’s no longer weird and unusual to hear how many people have died during the night or the past 24 hours. I’m not only referring to deaths inside our hospital but also people who died in private cars outside the emergency unit,” said the matron, who wished to remain anonymous, as she is not allowed to speak to the media.

IOL reported that she said family members stop their cars outside the unit and hysterically call for help, saying their loved ones need help or are ‘breathing funny’.

“Emergency staff frantically ran to these cars to try and help. They rush these dying people inside to the resuscitation area, where they try to save their lives – and fail.”

On Friday evening the country had a record daily COVID-19 number of new cases reported since the start of the pandemic.

A staggering 24,270 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

ALSO READ: COVID-19: SA reports 24 270 new cases, Gauteng leads with +14 000

A further 303 COVID-19 related deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing total fatalities to 61,332 to date.

Gauteng continues to lead with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The province reported a total of 14 198 (59%) positive cases in the last 24 hours.

According to the Gauteng Health Department on Saturday the total number of confirmed cases in Gauteng as at 02 July 2021 sits at 676 524 with 568 758 recvoceries and 13 210 deaths.

Last week, the government has officially acknowledged that the deadly Delta variant – first discovered in India – is on its way to becoming the dominant strain of COVID-19 in South Africa. Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi briefed the media on Saturday, explaining that the crisis in Gauteng is being fuelled by this new mutation.

Also read: ‘Delta variant is in Gauteng, and it’s spreading rapidly’ – expert