VEREENIGING - The Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging is among the hospitals in Gauteng where new permanent coronavirus wards are being put up. The Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, says Gauteng is making significant progress in preparing public health infrastructure for the period when the Covid-19 pandemic may peak. These measures include adding an additional 2,163 beds to accommodate Covid-19 patients, and increased screening and testing. Makhura said they have cleared some of their existing hospitals and declared them Covid-19 facilities. Makhura has announced that new wards are also being put up in the Kopanong, Jubilee, Chris Hani Baragwanath, and George Mukhari hospitals. Makhura says these hospital-wards will be permanent structures and serve patients even after the lockdown and the corona-pandemic. This has helped them to make available 555 standard beds and 308 ICU beds.