The Gauteng government has urged members of the public to donate whatever they could in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province remains the heaviest affected in South Africa, with close to half the country’s reported cases of the novel coronavirus occurring in the region.

Gauteng health department calls for donations

With a grim projection made in terms of the virus’ impact in the province, its health department has called on the public to donate towards its effort to curb the rapid spread of the pandemic.

In a statement issued out on Saturday, the Gauteng Department of Health made a call to the members of the public to donate what they can in terms of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators towards what is shaping up to be a gruelling fight against the novel virus.

“It is against this backdrop that we call on those who wish to contribute to the fight against Covid-19, to donate PPE and ventilators. These donations will supplement government resources and will be utilised in special sites which are being put in place to house COVID-19 patients,” the department said. “The PPEs such as masks and gloves play an important role in minimizing exposure to the spread of infections whilst ventilators assist the breathing process when the virus has caused failure or damage to the lungs.”

Gauteng Department of Health

Gauteng leads the way in SA’s COVID-19 cases

Gauteng, which is South Africa’s heaviest populated province, leads in terms of the number of reported cases of COVID-19 in the country.

As of Friday, where 1 505 South Africans were confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus, 672 of those cases were diagnosed in the province.

On the same day, Gauteng health MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku revealed that he expects at least 60% of the province’s population to contract the virus, but with only 5% to require intensive medical attention.

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