The Western Cape has 11 599 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 38 000 confirmed cases and 25 435 recoveries as of 1pm on June 12.

The province has sadly recorded an additional 39 deaths. This brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the Western Cape to 966.

The total number of unallocated cases is at 4 150 with 1 564 recoveries.

In a statement, Premier Alan Winde thanked frontline healthcare workers as the province nears the peak of our infection.

“I would like to send a message to all of our healthcare workers and frontline staff – our doctors and nurses, and all the people who contribute towards ensuring that our health care services are functioning each and every day- the technicians, lab assistants, porters, and the cleaning, catering and admin. Your commitment and dedication are helping to save lives and we thank you all for your service to the people of this province.”

The Western Cape’s healthcare workers are at risk of contracting the virus every day that they go to work. The number of confirmed cases in healthcare workers in the province is 2 118. Of these, 1235 have recovered.

The total number of active cases in healthcare workers is currently at 648. Unfortunately, 11 healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19.

“Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, and so we have put in place a number of measures to ensure that their risk of infection is minimised,” continued Winde.

“These include developing of policies and guidelines for workplace safety, providing PPE in line with their risk profiles and we have also developed a risk tool for vulnerable staff which ensures that staff are graded according to their risk profile so that they can be assigned lower risk tasks. We have also ensured that healthcare workers have been prioritised for testing under the risk adjusted testing strategy, and for flu vaccines. Our Red Dot Taxi service has also been developed to safely transport healthcare workers who are traveling at night.

Winde reminds residents to stay home and maintain strict hygiene measures when outside their home to do their part in flattening the curve and protecting healthcare workers.

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