Covid:19: Temporary capacity diversion measures in place, some hospital staff called back from leave

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A number of private hospitals in South Africa have had to ask staff to return from leave and some others have implemented temporary capacity diversion measures to deal with the surge in patients amid the second wave of Covid-19 infections in South Africa.

Hospital groups Netcare and Mediclinic say they have noted a strong increase in patients in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

On Wednesday, the country recorded a "grim milestone" of 21 832 new cases. It was the highest number of confirmed cases recorded in a single day since March last year when the first infection in South Africa was announced.

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