The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will be used as a provisional COVID-19 hospital, creating the capacity to care for an additional 800 people at the peak of the pandemic, the Western Cape provincial cabinet has decided.
The Center agreed to waive the hire cost of the venue as part of its contribution to the fight against coronavirus.
According to the Business Tech, the province predicted a deficit of 1 000 acute beds in the province at the peak of the pandemic.
“The use of the CTICC will allow the province to make up the majority of this shortfall and allow us to render care to those who need it,” expressed Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde.
Winde added that the province was planning on making up the remainder of the deficit with temporary beds in other facilities, in suitable geographic localities.
This agreement will allow the Western Cape to use the CTICC building immediately up until September 7, 2020, with the possibility of an extension on a month-to-month basis until year end.
The Center will not take care for patients with more severe symptoms who will require intensive care treatment but will for patients with mild symptoms in need hospitalization and treatment, including administration of oxygen.