Western Cape gears up for COVID-19 peak

Teachers are threatening to shutdown schools amid growing COVID-19 concerns. The number of infections continues to increase in the province, leading to nearly 30 schools being closed. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape is bracing for a coronavirus death rate of 60 people per day.

This as the province prepares to move into the peak of the pandemic towards early July. 

Already over 1,500 people have died in the province -- the highest COVID-19 death rate in the country. 

READ: Mass graves for COVID-19 deaths in Western Cape

The province is preparing for the peak of the infection ahead of other provinces but it’s also struggling to convince people to isolate and quarantine in its facilities. 

Many fear the stigma of the diagnosis and don’t want to leave the creature comforts of home. 

A COVID-19 morgue comprising 12 refrigeration containers that can accommodate 770 bodies is being set up at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.

COVID-19: Western Cape peak expected next week

Premier Alan Winde says the next few weeks will be critical for a province with around 15,000 active coronavirus cases. 

“We are preparing for this, and we continue to prepare for this. Even the response from the Health Department, you would see that, some of our testing and triage facilities are not all in place, there are a couple in the rural areas that we are still putting place."

"It’s about the health response, but also the citizen response. It’s about making sure we continue with our response as citizens to keep flattening the curve in whichever way we go about it."

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