'People are going to die' - Doctors forced to choose who to save as Covid-19 third wave batters Gauteng

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As Gauteng grapples with the third wave of Covid-19, hospitals are so overwhelmed that medical personnel are now effectively choosing who to try and save.

Gauteng medical personnel have described the pain of choosing who lives or dies because of the shortage of beds and oxygen in the province, which is currently the pandemic's epicentre in the country.

A doctor, from a private hospital, who asked to remain anonymous, told News24 the hospital had to go on divert daily for the past three weeks, turning patients away as there were no ICU beds available.

To illustrate the calamity of the third wave of infections, the doctor said, before the pandemic, between one and three people would die in ICU every month. On Tuesday night, seven people died of Covid-19.

 

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A level 5 lockdown is now, for the first time, required and justified. No balance can be struck between death and the economy. We are finding ourselves amidst a tragedy. Problem is by now, this tragedy will no longer be limited to Gauteng. They waited too long and the rest of the country will experience this too.
 

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A level 5 lockdown is now, for the first time, required and justified. No balance can be struck between death and the economy. We are finding ourselves amidst a tragedy. Problem is by now, this tragedy will no longer be limited to Gauteng. They waited too long and the rest of the country will experience this too.
BS. Won't help fokol. Too late.
 

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A level 5 lockdown is now, for the first time, required and justified. No balance can be struck between death and the economy. We are finding ourselves amidst a tragedy. Problem is by now, this tragedy will no longer be limited to Gauteng. They waited too long and the rest of the country will experience this too.

Yeah no its not, regardless of whatever bollocks conspiracy theory or anything you believe in.

And this is hardly a "tragedy" as you like to call it... its unpleasant and it was avoidable if the government had listened and prepared beforehand, but it is not a tragedy. A tragedy would be when thousands are dying daily because there are no hospital beds available.
 

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the doctor said, before the pandemic, between one and three people would die in ICU every month. On Tuesday night, seven people died of Covid-19.

I personally am skeptical about that number though, it would mean that 1 private hospital in Gauteng had just under 5% of the national deaths for that one night.
 

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I personally am skeptical about that number though, it would mean that 1 private hospital in Gauteng had just under 5% of the national deaths for that one night.

I am not so sure the public is getting the correct statistics.
 
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A level 5 lockdown is now, for the first time, required and justified. No balance can be struck between death and the economy. We are finding ourselves amidst a tragedy. Problem is by now, this tragedy will no longer be limited to Gauteng. They waited too long and the rest of the country will experience this too.

A Level 5 type lock down will not help much at this stage, it is far too late and will do far more damage than it is worth.
 

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So instead of questioning an incredibly emotively filled story, you instead question the stats. Interesting.
He's become on of the worst chicken littles out there, screaming from the roof tops that the sky is falling and we need to lock everyone away because of this virus. Yes it's scary and yes it's killed some, but as we've seen locking people away won't help, the virus is already out spreading, if they wanted to lock people away it should've been done when the first dribbles of wave three were spoken. The government as usual moved like molasses, if they do a level 5 lockdown it would be at the peak of the infections and they will claim look it's the lockdown that stopped the infections dead in it's tracks.
 

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He's become on of the worst chicken littles out there, screaming from the roof tops that the sky is falling and we need to lock everyone away because of this virus. Yes it's scary and yes it's killed some, but as we've seen locking people away won't help, the virus is already out spreading, if they wanted to lock people away it should've been done when the first dribbles of wave three were spoken. The government as usual moved like molasses, if they do a level 5 lockdown it would be at the peak of the infections and they will claim look it's the lockdown that stopped the infections dead in it's tracks.

I find this incredibly offensive towards molasses, HOW DARE YOU!
 
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