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Tygerberg Hospital sets up coronavirus isolation unit

Thirteen people in the country are receiving treatment for the virus.

FILE: Tygerberg Hospital. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Tygerberg Hospital has set up a coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation unit as the Western Cape becomes the third province to pick the disease.

Thirteen people in the country are receiving treatment for the virus.

Infectious diseases physician Doctor Jantjie Taljaard gave the assurance they had measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“The message is, there is at the moment an outbreak that is an opportunity to prepare properly but no to panic but to have a measured approach. We already have that approach in the health care environment,” he said.

Tygerberg Hospital CEO Doctor Dimitri Erasmus said they were also providing support to staff, in particular those who directly deal with patients.

“They’re fully trained, debriefed, and motivated all the time. It is expected that people will be anxious but as we talked them through the anxiety lessons, the only thing is to communicate all the time.”

If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, the outbreak response team would swing into action in collaboration with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) to trace all people the patient might have come into contact with.

WATCH: Confused about coronavirus? NICD answers key questions

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