WESTERN CAPE NEWS - The Western Cape now has 676 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.
Total recoveries: 192
Total deaths: 7
This was announced in a statement released by Premier Alan Winde today.
There are currently 37 Covid-19 positive people being treated in hospitals in the province, with 18 of these in intensive care.
See the breakdowns below.
Mitchells Plain testing and triage centre
"Today, we opened the new testing and triage centre at the Mitchells Plain hospital," reads Winde's statement. "This is one of 17 such facilities planned for the province. These centres help to take the pressure off of emergency centres and allow a dedicated space for patients who are symptomatic, or believe they require testing, to be triaged, screened and tested.
"Similar facilities are already operational at Tygerberg and Paarl hospitals. Testing and triage centres are also planned for Khayelitsha and the Garden Route.
"The facilities have been designed with social distancing in mind and have been set up so that symptomatic and asymptomatic patients are seated in separate areas.
"They can also be easily converted, should the need arise, to create additional bed space.
"This is just one aspect of our medical response to the coronavirus-aimed at ensuring our facilities are geared to provide the appropriate care and to stop the spread. We are currently exploring the use of sites across the province where temporary care, quarantine or isolation facilities can be created, should the need arise."
Community testing update
A total of 17 275 people were screened in the province in the first week of testing (4-10 April). Of these, a total of 1220 people have been tested as part of this initiative. We thank those communities where people have come out in their numbers to be screened and tested. This helps us to identify possible pockets of infection, and move swiftly to start contact tracing, isolating and quarantining.
Screening will be conducted in the following places tomorrow:
- Northern Tygerberg Subdistrict: Kraaifontein (Ward 6), Belhar
- Southern Western Subdistrict: Imizamo Yethu, Du Noon
- Klipfontein Mitchells Plain Subdistrict: Gugulethu, Nyanga, Silvertown, Heinz Park, Manenberg
- Khayelitsha Eastern Subdistrict: Mfuleni, Macassar, Site C (Khayelitsha)
- Cape Winelands: Mbekweni, Drommedaris
- Garden Route: Asla Park, Notina Street Block, Zoar, Amalienstein, Vanwyksdorp, Calitzdorp, Ladismith.
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