The Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde recently shared an update on the progress that has been made in converting the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC) into a temporary hospital for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The center will have 4 wards with 862 beds total for recovering patients who have been referred from public hospitals to the center.
See tweets below of the temporary hospital:
Khayelitsha, home to around 500 000 residents, has become one of the City’s hotspots whilst Cape Town has become the country and continent’s hotspot. As such, a field hospital is under construction by the local government working together with Doctors Without Borders. This hospital will increase the capacity of Khayelitsha District Hospital and is due to be completed this Friday.
Other field hospitals are set to be constructed along the R300 and the Cape Winelands.
Increasing bed capacity is a necessary step. But government will still need to deal with the shortage of trained staff and ventilators in the country to meet the increasing number of Covid-19 cases.