Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out - 10 June

As at 1pm on 10 June 2021, the Western Cape had 6108 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number of 299 208 COVID-19 cases to date and 281 177 recoveries. 

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

299 208

Total recoveries

281 177

Vaccines administered  246 237 

Total deaths

11 923

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

6108

Total number of tests

1 687 015

Hospital admissions 1028 of which 247 are in ICU or high care

By 5pm on 9 June, the Western Cape Government had administered:

Phase

Total vaccinated

Phase 1a (Sisonke Trial)

91 732

Phase 1b and Phase 2

154 505

Total 246 237 
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 187834

 176413

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 37889

 35443

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2511

 2328

Garden Route District Municipality

35134

33164

Overberg District Municipality

 13519

 12818

West Coast District Municipality

 15188

14130

Unallocated

3861

3609

Reinfections

3272

3272

Total

299208

281177

 

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

30705

 29023

Southern

30846

 29020

Klipfontein

 17318

 16060

Mitchells Plain

 17731

 16687

Tygerberg

 31618

 29672

Khayelitsha

12212

11538

Eastern

27770

25937

Northern

19634

18476

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

187834

176413

Cape Winelands District Municipality

37889

35443

Breede Valley

9312

8697

Drakenstein

12038

11144

Langeberg

4382

4144

Stellenbosch

7052

6615

Witzenberg

5105

4843

Central Karoo District Municipality

2511

2328

Beaufort West

1978

1828

Laingsburg

274

255

Prince Albert

259

245

Garden Route District Municipality

35134

33164

Bitou

2862

2719

George

12387

11749

Hessequa

2029

1885

Kannaland

915

862

Knysna

4926

4720

Mossel Bay

7790

7373

Oudtshoorn

4225

3856

Overberg District Municipality

13519

12818

Cape Agulhas

1707

1600

Overstrand

238

4948

Swellendam

1801

1716

Theewaterskloof

4773

4554

West Coast District Municipality

15188

14130

Bergriver

2386

2249

Cederberg

1030

951

Matzikama

2462

2214

Saldanha Bay

4450

4126

Swartland

4860

4590

Unallocated

3861

3609

The Western Cape has recorded 23 additional deaths since our last daily update on Wednesday, 9 June, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 923. It should be noted that the total number is inclusive of historical deaths which have only recently been updated. We send our condolences to the loved ones of those who have passed.

Additional data is available on the Western Cape COVID-19 data dashboard which also features active cases per sub-district, active cases per 100 000 and 7-day moving averages. To view the Dashboard, visit:  https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard  

You can also view the Western Cape Government’s vaccine registration dashboard by visiting: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/vaccine-dashboard 

“The Western Cape is entering a third wave of COVID-19 infections”

During my weekly digital press conference today, I announced that the Western Cape is entering a third wave.  

In the last week alone, the number of active cases increased by 1699 active cases, or by 38%. We now have 6108 active cases, more than double the number of active cases recorded this time last month. 

Our ‘R’ or reproductive number has remained above 1, meaning the number of infections continues to increase.  

And the number of admissions in our hospitals have also grown, breaching the 1000 admissions mark yesterday. 

All of these indicators point to a period of acceleration in our curve, which will sadly result in more hospitalisations and deaths in the Western Cape. 

Our current projections are that this third wave will be less severe than the second wave, but we cannot be sure at this stage. 

That is why it requires every single person to play their part and “flatten the curve” by making sure that you don’t get infected by COVID-19 or spread COVID-19 during this time. 

With vaccines starting to arrive in South Africa, we are a small step closer to beating COVID-19. That is why we must not give up now and why we must fight back by protecting ourselves and our loved ones. 

“WC health platform shows an average of 430 new COVID-19 infections per day”

In the Western Cape, the active number of COVID-19 infections is increasing, and we are now seeing an average of 430 new diagnoses per day. Admissions to our hospitals are further increasing with 52 new admissions per day. 

We are also seeing that the proportion of positive COVID-19 results has increased to an average of 11.3%. 

In the Cape Metro:

  • Overall, there is a 30% week on week increase in cases in the Metro; and
  • All the sub-districts, except for Khayelitsha, are seeing a clear increase in cases. Most cases diagnosed are still in the private sector.

In the Rural Districts: 

  • The number of new cases in rural areas has also increased, with all sub-districts except for Central Karoo showing an increasing trend; and
  • The Cape Winelands has mostly private cases, while the rest of rural districts have more of a mix of both public and private.

Insofar as our health platform is concerned, there are: 

  1. Currently 1028 COVID-19 patients in our acute hospitals (457 in public hospitals & 571 in private hospitals). This excludes persons under investigation and cases in specialised hospital settings.
  2. The Metro hospitals have an average occupancy rate of 94%; George drainage area hospitals at 68%; Paarl drainage area hospitals at 76% and Worcester drainage area hospitals at 73%.
  3. COVID-19 and persons under investigation cases currently make up 7% of all available acute general hospital capacity in both the Metro and Rural Regional Hospital drainage areas.
  4. COVID-19 inter-mediate care: the Brackengate Hospital of Hope currently has 42 patients (3 475 cumulative patients), Freesia and Ward 99 has 0 patients, Mitchell Plain Hospital of Hope has 0 patients and Sonstraal currently has 3 patients. 
  5. The Metro mass fatality centre has capacity for 240 bodies; currently 2 decedents (cumulative total of 1435 bodies) admitted. The overall capacity has been successfully managed across the province.

“The Western Cape has prepared itself for the third wave”

The Western Cape Government has taken a number of steps to prepare itself for a third wave in this province. 

For more information on our plans for the third wave, view my press statement here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/news/western-cape-government-s-preparations-third-wave-covid-19-infections

“We need your help to flatten the curve”

The most powerful weapon to slow the spread of the virus remains our residents and their behaviour.

So please, heighten your vigilance significantly because the chances of getting infected is increasing as the number of active cases increase.

Please: 

  • Wear your face mask when in public or with people outside your household and wear it properly.
  • Avoid non-essential gatherings, and if you must meet, keep it small, short and outside.
  • Protect those at highest risk of serious COVID-19 infection in your own family and friendship circle.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Avoid the 3Cs, of crowded places, confined spaces with poor ventilation and close contact.
  • Be responsible – avoid situations where the risk of spreading the virus increases.

I thank every resident who continues to do their bit, and I am confident that if we all stand together by practicing these safe behaviors, we can flatten the curve, and save lives.