The Gauteng government has made 4564 bed spaces available for Covid-19 patients amid concerns about rising infections.
As of Friday, 7 May, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,592,626 with 2256 new cases identified, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed.
67 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 1 from Eastern Cape, 0 from Free State, 13 from Gauteng, 5 from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), 26 from Limpopo, 2 from Mpumalanga, 0 from North West, 10 from Northern Cape and 10 from Western Cape.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 54,687.
Recoveries now stand at 1,513,202 representing a recovery rate of 95%.
A total of 10,831,738 tests have been completed with 25,934 new tests conducted since the last report, while the total number of vaccines that have been administered stands at 381,171.
#COVID19 Statistics in SA as at 07 May.
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Gauteng readiness for third wave
This comes after Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the province was in the early phases of a third wave.
The premier, however, said the province was prepared and the focus had fallen on flattening the infection curve.
“We have also added additional staff – 4,000 professionals – to the staff complement of the department of health,” he said on Thursday.
Addtional reporting by Molefe Seeletsa