South African authorities are deploying army men to hospitals in Hauteng County to help fight the new coronavirus pandemic amid rising outbreaks, the health ministry said yesterday.
According to the ministry, members of the medical staff of the armed forces, doctors and nurses, will be deployed in the hospitals with the greatest needs. As the Minister of Health Mamaloko Kubai-Ngubane explained during a press conference, the development of these troops will allow "we now have available the beds for which there was no human resources" in the hospitals.
The minister also pointed out that the military will also undertake to carry out tests and trace the contacts of the confirmed cases.
The province of Hauteng is now the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic in South Africa; it accounts for 60% of infections since the third wave.
Authorities in South Africa recorded another 10.510 cases of SARS-CoV-2 on Friday, bringing the total to 1.796.589. The positive rate of the tests has reached 20,5%. Hauteng is the province that has recorded the most (536.848). The death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 58.300 so far.