The provincial health department had 220 ICU beds before the pandemic outbreak; 300 were added after March, and the department was in the process of providing more, Mbengashe said.
He said the provincial health department already has the Dexamethasone drug in stock, which is used to treat severely ill Covid-19 patients, but was awaiting for approval to use it from the national government.
“Dexamethasone is found to be making a huge difference, it actually makes patients feel better.
“We have not registered that and it is being registered by national. It is life-saving, the president has announced it and we have it in our stores. It is going to be a game changer,” he said.
Mabuyane said 2.5 million people have been screened and 157,384 tested in the Eastern Cape.
The virus has been found at 291 schools in the province, with 15 education officials succumbing to it.
Mabuyane said R2.5bn paid out in medico-legal claims had negatively affected delivery of services.
“Funds were meant for service delivery imperatives but because of these claims, they were paid to the lawyers for claimants.”