The cases of COVID_19 patients in the Western Cape rose by 25 to 418 on Friday, said premier Alan Winde. Twenty-five were in a hospital, with seven in intensive care.
Western Cape Winde has launched an appeal for people with medical training to volunteer for a possible call-up.
“We have received numerous requests to volunteer and offers to help and we are now asking local medically trained personnel to join our database for a possible call-up when needed,” he said.
Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said the pandemic, on top of the burden of disease the health system was already carrying, was placing facilities under tremendous pressure.
“I call on all available health professionals to take up this opportunity to make a meaningful contribution and to assist in our response to this pandemic,” she said.
Western Cape Doctors, nurses and emergency medical service personnel who were not already working for the department could offer their services on a volunteer recruitment website.
Winde said community COVID_19 screening would be rolled out from Monday in the following areas: Town2 and Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha; Happy Valley; Bo-Kaap; Bishop Lavis; Philippi; Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay; and Mbekweni, Paarl.
“Western Cape Community screening is going to be an important tool and we will be announcing new and additional sites as they are confirmed,” he said.
He added that western cape community health-care workers will be identifiable by their uniforms and ID cards.
All members of the public are advised to request the person’s credentials as part of rigorous safety precautions.