South Africa: Taverns Warned Not to 'Push Government Into a Corner' Over Covid-19 Safety

A resident of Mamelodi during the Covid-19 lockdown (file photo).
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As health officials revealed their latest statistics that one in four patients being treated at hospitals in Nelson Mandela Bay for Covid-19 does not make it out alive, tavern owners in the metro have been warned not to 'push government into a corner'. Compliance investigators again discovered hundreds of revellers over the weekend partying the night away without masks, social distancing or hand sanitiser.

With 941 new cases of coronavirus infections recorded on Sunday, Nelson Mandela Bay accounted for 42% of the country's new cases and according to the latest epidemiological report from the Department of Health, the virus is claiming the lives of more than one in four patients being treated for Covid-19 in hospital.

The report adds that 75% of these deaths occur in the public hospital sector.

The latest incidence risk for the metro is at 499.3/100,000. This is slightly lower than 565/100,000 recorded last week.

The number of active cases in the Eastern Cape was 9,125 with 6,045 identified within the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

At the main Covid-19 hospital in the metro, Livingstone Hospital, a 73-bed ward created five months ago in its basement, is still not in use. Each bed has an oxygen access...

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