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COVID-19 Ravaging Gauteng – Makhura

An ambulance is parked near tents erected at the parking lot of the Steven Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, January 11, 2021.

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The COVID-19 third wave is ravaging Gauteng.

Over 9,000 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours with 69 percent of those in Gauteng.

Another 341 people have been admitted to hospital.

The military health services unit is being deployed to assist at provincial hospitals

At the same time, authorities are considering harsher restrictions.

Gauteng premier David Makhura said he’s extremely worried about the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the province.

He has urged residents to change their behaviour if they want to limit the impact of the third wave.

Gauteng accounts for a large majority of the recent COVID-19 infections and public and private hospitals are facing an increasing demand for beds.

The provincial coronavirus command council is set to meet on Tuesday where further restrictions will be discussed.

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