POLOKWANE – In the week of July 4-11, Limpopo recorded a 51.1% positivity rate in terms of the number of tests performed. Statisticians estimate a normal positivity rate at around 5-6%.
Official statistics on Monday showed there were 9,782 active cases in the province with 1,086 hospital patients at the time.
A total of 60 patients were being treated in the intensive care units of various hospitals.
Health MEC spokesperson Thilivhali Muavha agrees that at the current rate Limpopo is not out of the woods yet.
While the payback rate for the same period has brought some relief, many players in secondary service industries such as funeral services say third wave demand is leaving them stretched and strapped for resources.
Muavha was convinced that the department was handling hospital admissions.
“Our hospitals have plans in place to convert services. Most admitted patients do not need ventilation and only stay in the hospital for a few days before being discharged in good condition.
“The Delta variant, however, remains deadly and our people must stay safe and follow the Covid-19 protocol. If we are able to work together as a nation, we can beat this virus. “
Polokwane Observer spoke to the city’s funeral service providers about the challenges they are currently facing.
According to Sanet de Beer, branch manager at Avbob Polokwane, they have seen a 100% increase in demand for burials or funeral services in recent weeks.
“The demand is now 24 hours a day. Fortunately, we’ve learned a few lessons from Wave 2 and are well positioned to manage the capacity. We have put in place measures to increase our capacity and we are currently facing increased demand. “
She confirmed that Avbob will continue to provide services throughout the third wave.
André de Lange, the owner of Martin’s Funerals Limpopo, says they noticed a spike in Covid-19-related deaths a week ago and are currently experiencing increased demand of around 50%.
“About a week ago we saw a huge demand, but it seems to be running out of steam. We have been able to meet the demand mainly because we are able to offer services from various branches which have helped to increase our capacity.
The Pietersburg funeral director general, who chose not to be named, says they experienced the second wave worse than the current one.
“The last few weeks have been busy and there is an increase in demand but it was a gradual increase, unlike the peak we saw in the second wave. We do, however, expect a further increase in the coming weeks and are ready to help. “
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