Western Cape escalates COVID-19 response

File: Professor Salim Abdool Karim says South Africa needs to get to less than 1,000 cases per day before it can claim victory against the virus.

File: Professor Salim Abdool Karim says South Africa needs to get to less than 1,000 cases per day before it can claim victory against the virus.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape, which has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, is increasing its response.

The province has recorded 4,049 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

The premier announced the total deaths in the province as 76. The total number of active cases of infected patients is 2,640. 1,333 people have recovered from the virus.

READ: Western Cape COVID-19 testing crisis

On Thursday, officials from various sectors including Premier Alan Winde detailed their response plans.

Winde stated the province is following a strategy of following clusters of infections and focusing screening and testing on those groups.

In preparation for an increase in infections in the province, the Cape Town International Convention Centre has been converted into a temporary COVID-19 hospital with 850 beds.

READ: Western Cape COVID-19 infections to peak by July: Winde

"I can confirm that the process of equipping the hospital has already begun. We will continue to update media on its progress over the course of the next few weeks.

"We are also in the process of finalising three additional temporary hospital facilities, which will contribute to over 1,400 additional beds during the peak. Two of these three additional hospital facilities will be in the City of Cape Town, with the third in the Cape Winelands," the premier stated.

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