Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
28 Dec 2020
5:10 am

Xmas emergency rooms ‘quieter’, most callouts for Covid

Marizka Coetzer

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) arrested a total of 14 motorists for driving at excessive speeds on Allandale Road in Midrand on Christmas day.

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It was a busy Christmas this year for authorities and emergency personnel, despite the lockdown, with the incidents reported ranging from suicides, a horse rescue, vehicle collisions and Covid-19 related incidents. Netcare 911 spokesman Shawn Herbst said the majority of incidents reported over the Christmas period were related to Covid-19. These involved transporting people with suspected Covid-19 cases and Covid-19 patients needing treatment at home. “Callouts for Covid-19-related or suspected Covid-19 cases dominated over the past few days,” he said. Herbst added that towards the evenings, the incidents reported were mostly crime- and trauma-related. “We have also responded to incidents...