The Western Cape has 10 267 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 24 564 confirmed cases and 13 696 recoveries.

In a statement released today [June 3], Premier Alan Winde announced that 39 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 601.

The number of tests conducted so far is 172 126. The number of people admitted to hospital is 1003, with 194 currently in ICU or high care.

The breakdown of cases is as follows:

To help ease the pressure on emergency rooms, the Western Cape government has built 18 testing and triage centres in the province in the first phase, with another 14 planned for the metro region and an additional 20 for the non-metro regions. These triage centres also create a dedicated space for screening and testing to occur, away from the hospital’s day to day activities.

Today, Winde and Health Minister Nomafrench Mbombo visited the newest temporary testing and triage facility at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, which opened today. The facility will specifically screen and test children.

“The facility provides a space where children entering the hospital for treatment can be screened or tested separately from the children already receiving treatment in the hospital. The hospital has a dedicated ward for children who are deemed to be persons under investigation and will also admit a parent or caregiver who will be able to stay with while in the hospital,” said Winde in a statement.

“The contractors who built the temporary testing centre have also sponsored some beautiful panels featuring colourful drawings and inspirational quotes in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa, which help to make the space more child friendly.”

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