SA’s biggest medical scheme administrator, Discovery Health, is prepared to move members around the country to make room for Covid-19 patients should the need arise, as concerns mount that the coronavirus pandemic could cause even private hospitals to be forced to turn patients away.

After an initially slow start, SA’s Covid-19 epidemic has accelerated sharply in the past few weeks. On Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases exceeded the 300,000 mark, putting SA in a worse position than the UK, Spain and Iran.

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