The Western Cape Health Department says hospitals are experiencing a surge in both general admissions and patients needing intensive care.

This is due to the increase in the number of covid19 infections.

Currently there’re 665 patients across both the public and private facilities.

178 of those people are in ICU.

But, the Department’s Mark van der Heever says there is still capacity, with a total of 2,162 general beds available in the public sector.

To date, 1,337 people have been taken to isolation and quarantine sites across the province.

Van der Heever, says patients will now be admitted to various field across the province, they include the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and KhayelitshaThusong Centre.

He that the department’s hotspot approach is to focus testing in certain groups.

“Certain groups have been prioritised for testing, health care workers, vulnerable groups with comorbidities and persons under investigation in hospital. This will be done to early detect deterioration in health status through risk stratification”.