Western Cape COVID-19 field hospital receives its first patients

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The first patients have been admitted to a special COVID-19 field hospital in the Western Cape, The Times reports the province has announced. Cape Town’s field hospital – called the Hospital of Hope – admitted its first patient on Monday: a 75-year-old man from Mitchells Plain. Ten more patients were admitted at the temporary facility later on Monday afternoon.

“The 75-year-old man was the oldest patient, while the youngest is a 31-year-old man from Philippi. The other patients are from Gugulethu, Crossroads, Portland, Lentegeur, Searidge Park, Mandalay, Samora Machel and Rocklands,” said the provincial government. It said it was taking “extra” steps to assist vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Times report quotes provincial government as saying Western Cape Health had also prioritised healthcare workers, the elderly and chronic patients for the flu vaccine to ensure that their immune systems were not further compromised by contracting the flu.

Full report in The Times

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