WESTERN CAPE NEWS - The Western Cape has recorded an additional 39 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 601.
As of 13:00 on 3 June, the Western Cape has 10 267 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 24 564 confirmed cases and 13 696 recoveries.
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases - 24564
Total recoveries - 13696
Total deaths - 601
Total active cases (currently infected patients) - 10267
Tests conducted - 172126
Hospital admissions - 1003 with 194 currently in ICU or high care
Additional data can be found on the dashboard.
Read Premier Alan Winde's latest statement below.
Today, Health Minister Nomafrench Mbombo and I had the opportunity to visit the new temporary testing and triage facility at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. 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.
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.
The Western Cape Government has already 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 our non-metro regions. These triage centres help to ease the pressure on emergency rooms, while also allowing a dedicated space for screening and testing to occur, away from the hospital's day to day activities.
Today, the Western Cape Government also released the details of its new risk adjusted strategy for testing. More information on that strategy, which is aimed at using our testing in the Cape Town metro region, to test those who need it most and to protect the vulnerable, can be found here.
Anyone seeking advice on COVID-19 can call the hotline on 021 928 4102.
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