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South African Centre Hosts COVID-19 Patients Who Can’t Quarantine

A health department official walks past beds set up at a temporary field hospital up to deal with an expected surge in cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

Coronavirus patients in South Africa who are unable to quarantine themselves can find refuge at this facility in Johannesburg.

Patients are referred to the centre by a doctor so they can avoid infecting family members at home.

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“Patients who are here are patients that, in essence, don’t require much medical intervention except observation that will be done in the morning in terms of temperature and also other vital signs. So, in these types of facilities, it’s only very much stable actual patients. But we are not ruling out the fact that we might have to, at some point, escalate the service as we are putting up extra hospital beds for patients that will be requiring intervention. It might mean that if the numbers increase, we might need to increase the capacity here”, Bandile Masuku, a member of the Executive Committee for Health said.

Patients who are here are patients that, in essence, don’t require much medical intervention except observation that will be done in the morning…

The centre was set up by the South African government. It provides the bulk of basic services to patients, beginning with food.

South Africa is the most affected country on the continent with more than 160,000 confirmed cases.

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