The Eastern Cape government, whose public health care is in disarray and is running out of critical oxygen supply, failed to put the strict lockdown to good use and did not  prepare for the Covid-19 surge it is currently experiencing, leading health expert Prof Shabir Madhi said on Tuesday.

The province’s public health care facilities are now so overwhelmed by the surge in Covid-19 cases that patients are reportedly fighting one another for the meagre supply of oxygen.

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