#COVID19 | #Makhura During the lockdown – 27 March and 29 April, Gauteng has slowed down the infection rate through effective contact tracing & monitoring. The high number of recoveries is a good sign & low mortality rate is also commendable. #GAUTENGCOVID19
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Makhura said there was one serious case in ICU which was being monitored closely, adding 186 people have been discharged from hospitals, while 11 died.
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“We have vaccinated 32 381 public health workers. We can’t afford to have too many of them as we going into the flu season who would not be strengthened. The vaccination programme is important. The elderly are at risk.
“We have targeted them and have immunised 34 061 people and children as well. We have immunised 30 636 pregnant women. We have also immunised 74 016 chronic patients. We have also immunised 37 544 people living with HIV/Aids.
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“We are not just dealing or chasing the enemy, we are only on another front ensuring that we attend to people in preparation for the flu season. We are all worried about what the flu season will mean,” said Makhura.
He added 8 301 beds were available in private and public hospitals.
“We are planning on adding another 1 700 beds and they will be added into the existing facilities. This is to expand our existing capacities.
“We have 5 339 beds in quarantine facilities. We are working with the national government because some of our facilities are under provincial and national government. Individuals can self-quarantine in hotels because there are hotels that are opened for quarantine facilities only,” Makhura said.