Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out - 19 April

As of 1pm on 19 April, the Western Cape has 2 196 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 282 529 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 268 803 recoveries. A total of 53 507 out of the 53 820 vaccines received to date as part of the Sisonke trial, had been administered by 5pm on 18 April.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

282 529

Total recoveries

268 803

Vaccines administered 53 507

Total deaths

11 530

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2196

Total number of tests

1492376

Hospital admissions 716 of which 148 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 179712

 170907

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 36034

 34240

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2416

 2258

Garden Route District Municipality

33828

32259

Overberg District Municipality

 13072

 12526

West Coast District Municipality

 13993

13239

Unallocated

3474

3397

Total

282529

268826

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

28799

 27711

Southern

 29227

 27878

Klipfontein

 16994

 15860

Mitchells Plain

 17416

 16446

Tygerberg

 29991

 24878

Khayelitsha

12130

11464

Eastern

26485

25139

Northern

18670

17931

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

179712

170907

Cape Winelands District Municipality

36064

34240

Breede Valley

8933

8456

Drakenstein

11288

10734

Langeberg

4263

4061

Stellenbosch

6548

6232

Witzenberg

5002

4757

Central Karoo District Municipality

2416

2258

Beaufort West

1892

1764

Laingsburg

267

251

Prince Albert

257

243

Garden Route District Municipality

33828

32259

Bitou

2755

2639

George

11985

11438

Hessequa

1956

1846

Kannaland

884

837

Knysna

4817

4638

Mossel Bay

7404

7179

Oudtshoorn

4027

3682

Overberg District Municipality

13072

12526

Cape Agulhas

1661

1563

Overstrand

4980

4819

Swellendam

1740

1668

Theewaterskloof

4691

4476

West Coast District Municipality

13993

13239

Bergriver

2230

2063

Cederberg

927

855

Matzikama

2084

1993

Saldanha Bay

4088

3866

Swartland

4664

4462

Unallocated

3474

3397

The Western Cape has recorded 6 additional deaths since Friday 16 April, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 530. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

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. Access the data dashboard here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard 

Premier Winde hosts Minister Mkhize at Mitchells Plain vaccination station 

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Premier Winde engaging with Minister Mkhize.

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Demonstration of vaccine station in Mitchells Plain.

Today, I hosted the National Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, in the Western Cape to update him on the rollout of our vaccine strategy.

The Head of the Department of Health, Dr Keith Cloete, briefed Minister Mkhize on our plans to roll out our Covid-19 vaccine programme to the metro and rural communities. I then provided a demonstration of our vaccination station in Mitchells Plain, together with the Provincial Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo. 

Minister Mkhize advised us that the national procurement of vaccines is well underway and will see a total of 46 million vaccines procured for the country, of which 4.7 million will be used by the Western Cape. As a province, we will continue to engage our procurement strategy so that we remain prepared to obtain supplementary vaccines should the need arise.

Ultimately, ensuring a successful vaccine rollout requires that: 

  • Vaccines arrive and are stored appropriately. Vaccines will then subsequently be delivered to the relevant sites across the metro and rural communities;
  • Each site includes vaccines from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J);
  • The person receiving a vaccination is alerted, arrives on-time with their voucher in hand; and
  • On-site emergency medical support be provided at each vaccine station should the recipient have a negative reaction.

We remain on track to start vaccinating residents in the province at the kick-off of phase 2. From 17 May, we will begin vaccinating residents, with an emphasis on those over 60 years of age. In the meantime, I encourage residents who are eligible to begin registering online for their vaccination on the EVDS system.

It is crucial that in rolling out the vaccine strategy, we achieve our targets. This is critical in averting a more severe impact during the third wave. At the same time, residents must continue in their efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes washing your hands regularly, wearing your mask correctly and maintaining a safe social distance. Residents must also avoid the 3 Cs including close contact, confined spaces and crowded places.