New hospital may be much needed as cases increase in Western Cape


Premier Alan Winde extends his condolences to families of Covid-19 victims.


By Seth Meyer

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 7 of VARSITY News.


The unveiling of a new field hospital, set up in the normally bustling space of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), now emptied as a result of the lockdown, comes at an urgent time where the Western Province is struggling to mitigate and prepare for a deluge of Covid-19 infections. Over half of all the cases in South Africa have occurred in the province. The new hospital, dubbed the “Hospital of Hope” includes 850 beds and has already begun to receive patients.


Lockdown levels have decreased to Level 3 and will remain at this level for the immediate, foreseeable future, even in provinces like the Western Cape, where the rate of infection is greatly disproportionate to the cases in other provinces. President Ramaphosa spoke on the 17th of June, announcing an easing of Level 3 regulations. Premier for the Western Cape, Alan Winde also gave a statement to the media the following day, stating that 19 temporary testing and triage centres have been set up across the province, taking the time as well to offer condolences for those who have lost loved ones to the Covid-19 pandemic.


He added that, “We are currently working to bring an additional 14 online in the metro by July 1, and an additional 26 in our non-metro regions by the middle to end of July”. Winde also provided an update on the latest numbers of infections, deaths and recoveries in the province, reporting that, as of June 18th there are 12 667 active cases, 46 951 confirmed cases, 32 953 recoveries and a death toll of 1276. The City of Cape Town municipality remains a hotspot for Covid-19 infections.


As of June 14th, the South African government reports the number of infections at 70 038, recoveries at 38531 and active cases at 31507. The death toll in the country was reported at 1480.


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