Netcare, one of South Africa’s largest private health-care providers, has said that the surge in Covid-19 infections, particularly in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal, has placed a “significant and unprecedented demand” on the hospital group’s facilities says CEO Dr Richard Friedland. Times Live quotes Friedland as saying that while clinical, nursing, and management teams were committed to providing the best care available to all patients, “it may not, in circumstances where the demand exceeds or overwhelms the capacity, be able to provide all treatment options that would be available in normal, non-pandemic circumstances”. He however reassured the public that they had adequate supplies of the appropriate drugs and consumables, as well as personal protective equipment to last throughout the second wave.