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Gauteng lashed for lack of Covid-19 preparation

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Monday. PHOTO: Alet Pretorius
Gauteng Premier David Makhura visited Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria on Monday. PHOTO: Alet Pretorius
PHOTO: Alet Pretorius

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Opposition parties and health stakeholders in Gauteng have criticised the provincial government’s preparedness to deal with the second wave of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic – just as the province, weighed down by a surge of infections, enters the eye of the storm.

This week, devastating scenes of patients in beds hooked up to oxygen tanks in the overflow area outside Steve Biko Academic Hospital’s emergency entrance illustrated the intense pressure which healthcare workers and other staff at the facility were under.

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