COVID-19: Western Cape 'preparing for the worst'

The infection rate in the Western Cape continues to rise. The latest figures are nearing the 1000 mark. Some of the poorest communities have raised the greatest concern as provincial officials struggle to flatten the curve. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde, has briefed the the media on the province's readiness to deal with COVID-19. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government is taking a 'prepare for the worst' stance in dealing with the coronavirus.

The province has recorded over 900 infections with 17 deaths.

Premier Alan Winde says his office is doing all it can to put preventative measures in place during a time when the healthcare sector is under huge strain.

READ: Western Cape mass screening, testing in full swing

At the peak of COVID-19, the Western Cape anticipates there will be around 80,000 infections in the province. 

90 percent of those carrying the virus will be expected to recover at home. 

“We are now moving into the realm where people are starting to be infected that does not have that luxury of being able to isolate and quarantine at home,” said Western Cape Health Department head Dr Keith Cloete.

READ: Western Cape preparing for COVID-19 infection spike

The province currently has 14,000 healthcare workers with 47 of them already showing symptoms of the virus

Winde has called for society to show more support to those infected. 

“We need to show kindness and compassion when anybody contracts Coronavirus. We need to make sure we give them that compassion as they go through this process.”

About 3,000 COVID-19 tests are conducted daily in the Western Cape with that number expected to increase by at least a thousand by the end of the month. 

In total, 222 people in the province have recovered from the virus, giving some hope that this is an enemy that can be beaten.

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