Nearly 17k patients in hospital as SA tops 37k deaths

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A medical personnel wearing a protective suit waits at the Covid-19 coronavirus drive-thru test centre outside the Ajwa Private Clinic in Shah Alam on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on January 12, 2021, as Malaysia's king declared a nationwide state of emergency to fight a coronavirus surge. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

South Africa currently has 16,909 patients in hospital beds stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ (NICD) Daily Hospital Surveillance report for Sunday, 17 January 2021, of the patients admitted, 2,376 are currently in ICU and 1,209 are currently being ventilated.

Since the start of the pandemic on local soil, hospitals have admitted 174,373 patients of which 121,451 were discharged.

Gauteng and the Western Cape accounted for nearly half of all admissions. Currently the two provinces have 5,058 and 3,512 patients in hospital respectively. KwaZulu-Natal has 4,084 patients in beds.

Another 254 deaths were also reported, bringing the national, official death toll to 37,105.

The Eastern Cape accounted for 22 deaths, the Free State 13, Gauteng 59, KwaZulu-Natal 40, Mpumalanga 16, North West 26, Northern Cape 16, and the Western Cape 71.

The current recovery rate from the coronavirus stands at 82,1% and in total, 1,337,926 cases have been identified.

The Citizen