The Western Cape has 16 550 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 61 445 confirmed cases and 43 120 recoveries as of June 29.

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 38 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1775. A total of 1787 people have been hospitalised with 318 in ICU or high care.

The breakdown is as follows:

A number of temporary hospitals are available which will increase the number of hospital beds available in the province. Work is well underway at the Brackengate temporary hospital, and the 330 bed temporary hospital is on track to receive its first patients on July 10.

“Much like the CTICC hospital, this site will provide intermediate hospital care to patients, and has been designed with infection prevention in mind- with a state of the art waste management facility in place to destroy infectious waste,” said Premier Alan Winde in a statement.

“Work on the Sonstraal facility in the Cape Winelands is also underway with the first phase, creating an additional 63 beds, set to start accepting patients in the first week of July. These are in addition to two already completed and functional facilities- the Hospital of Hope at the CTICC and the Thusong hospital in Khayelitsha, operated by Medicins sans Frontiers, in partnership with the provincial government.”

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Imogen Searra