Covid-19, David Makhura, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Nasrec Field Hospital, Oxygen Concentrators, Rapid Blood Test Kit, St James Church, White Satin Ribbons

Covid-19, David Makhura

CORONAVIRUS DAILY DIGEST #94: Third premier tests positive, doctors appeal for oxygen concentrators and ANC maps out post-pandemic economic revival plan

CORONAVIRUS DAILY DIGEST #94: Third premier tests positive, doctors appeal for oxygen concentrators and ANC maps out post-pandemic economic revival plan

2020-07-10 06:43:00 PM

CORONAVIRUS DAILY DIGEST 94: Third premier tests positive, doctors appeal for oxygen concentrators and ANC maps out post-pandemic economic revival plan

On Friday, doctors volunteering at Nasrec Field Hospital in Johannesburg put out an urgent public appeal for oxygen concentrators to treat patients seriously ill with Covid-19 while more beds with piped oxygen are set up. Gauteng Premier David Makhura confirmed he’d tested positive for Covid-19 . The ANC has released a discussion document on its vision for a post-pandemic economic revival and the country’s first antibody test has been approved.

Meanwhile, the province’sPremier David Makhurahas tested positive for Covid-19. This comes a day after the provincial health department said six members of its Covid-19 War Room had the virus.“Given the fact that I only have mild symptoms, I will continue to ensure that the Provincial Executive Council and Provincial Coronavirus Command Council respond adequately to weather the storm of the pandemic,” said Makhura. Earlier this week, two other premiers tested positive for the virus – Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and North West Premier Job Mokgoro.

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Drivers slow their cars as they stare at white satin ribbons tied to the green palisade fence of St James Church in Bedford Gardens, Johannesburg. The church’s priest and staff have been tying ribbons to the fence each morning to commemorate every life lost to Covid-19 in South Africa.

Shaun Smilietook a walk around the neighbourhood and witnessed how Covid-19 has touched people’s lives in South Africa’s Covid-19 epicentre.The ANC formally launched its discussion document on its vision for a post-pandemic economic revival on Friday afternoon. The proposals are still up for debate, with a promise that “various sectors of society as well as the general public” will be engaged.

Carien du Plessis unpacks the document– from a green economy to nationalisation of the Reserve Bank.In Eastern Cape, Mthatha’s field hospitals will only be ready in October – about three months after the province expects to reach its infection peak. As

Estelle Ellisreports, the Eastern Cape legislature’s portfolio committee for health has slammed the provincial health department for the lengthy delay. It is also unsatisfied with the department’s plan to use tents to house patients in the meantime, and has asked for the tender process for marquees to be put on hold.

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