Covid-19 related hospital admissions in the Western Cape are beginning to rise rapidly, with an average of 76 new admissions recorded a day.
During the weekly Covid-19 digicon the Western Cape government also said the number of new infections were continuing to increase with an average of 766 new cases recorded a day.
Health department head, Dr Keith Cloete said there are now 1,021 patients admitted to hospitals with the virus.
He said over the past four weeks, there have been over 9400 trauma cases at 17 of the province’s emergency centres.
About 40 to 45% of the trauma cases were over weekends.
“As our hospital capacity increases, which is only 7% in public sector hospitals and more beds are needed for Covid-19 cases, it starts competing with everything else we want to bring down,”
“Trauma is the most difficult one to bring down because we can’t turn the tap of trauma easily and that’s the competing thing that will play itself out over the next three, four, five and six weeks as more people are admitted to hospitals,” Cloete said.