MSF Field Hospital in Khayelitsha to Close Down Following Significant Decreases in New Covid-19 Cases

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The 60-bed field hospital at the Thusong Centre in Khayelitsha will close down due to a significant decrease in the number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the area.

The field hospital was sponsored by Doctors Without Borders /Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in partnership with the provincial government and the City of Cape Town. Since the start of its operations in June, it had admitted 241 Covid-19 patients and worked closely with the Khayelitsha Hospital.

In his daily update on Wednesday, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said, “During our visit today, Dr Keith Cloete indicated that Khayelitsha currently has 16 active cases per 100 000 population – compared with 588 active cases per 100 000 on 15 June,”

The MSF team will be moving to other provinces to provide assistance and equipment, such as oxygen tanks and beds.