PODCAST | THE STORY: What next for Gauteng as it overtakes Western Cape as SA's Covid-19 hotspot

This week on The Story, we try to make sense of what lies ahead for Gauteng, after it officially overtook the Western Cape as the country's coronavirus hotspot.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize made the announcement late on Wednesday.

Gauteng, South Africa's smallest, but most densely populated province, now has the highest number of cases cumulatively. 

The spike in Gauteng infections had, however, been hugely anticipated and expected.

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has reportedly called on the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) to reintroduce a hard lockdown in the province amid a spike in Covid-19 cases.

In a wide-ranging interview with News24, Masuku said that an intermittent lockdown would help give healthcare workers "time to breathe". 

Masuku also made headlines this week when he was quoted as saying: "We are preparing over 1.5 million grave sites, it is an uncomfortable discussion as a medical practitioner."

The comments sparked confusion and panic about how many Covid-19 deaths the province was expecting.

In this episode of The Story, we speak to News24 investigative journalist Kyle Cowan, who helps us unpack what this means for Gauteng, and what lessons, if any, the province can learn from the Western Cape.

We're also joined by journalist Alex Mitchley, who clarifies the comments Masuku made about the 1.5 million grave sites. 

You can listen to the episode on Spotify and SoundCloud.

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