Field hospital closes as Western Cape sees decline in infection rate

Field hospital closes as Western Cape sees decline in infection rate

- Western Cape field hospital, The Hospital of Hope, is set to close its doors

- The field hospital is regarded as the largest of its kind in Africa, boasting 864 beds

- The hospital admitted a total of 1 502 patients, of which 82 succumbed to the virus

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A Western Cape field hospital is set to close as they discharge their last patients. The Hospital of Hope at the Cape Town International Convention Centre has a maximum capacity of 864 beds. It is regarded as the biggest field hospital in Africa and was completed in just four weeks.

According to news site, the field hospital admitted a total of 1 502 patients between 8 June and 14 August this year. Unfortunately, a total of 82 patients admitted to the field hospital succumbed to the deadly Covid-19 virus.

However, this means there was a total of 1 420 recoveries, 57 of whom were recently transferred to the Brackengate facility.

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Hospital of Hope set to close. Source: Premier Alan Winde / Facebook
Source: Facebook

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The equipment from the field hospital will be transferred to other facilities. According to News24, the mortuary container will be moved to rural areas by mid-September in an attempt to assist where needed.

In total, the Western Cape has detected around 103 616 cases of Covid-19, since the first case of the virus was confirmed in South Africa.

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Beds at Hospital of Hope during construction. Source: Premier Alan Winde / Facebook
Source: Facebook

In other Covid-19 news, recently reported that Zweli Mkhize said SA is passing its coronavirus peak. South Africa is nearing 600 000 positive coronavirus cases but the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, believes the worst might be behind us.

The minister said SA's death rate is much lower than other countries' and the recovery rate continues to climb.

He said:

“On that point, it is the right time for us to start considering the steps that must be done as we move through the risk-adjusted approach towards normality."

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