Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out - 21 April

As of 1pm on 21 April, the Western Cape has 2034 active COVID-19 infections, with a total of 282 768 people having been infected with COVID-19 to date and 269 064 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 20 April, which remains on hold at this time.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

282 768

Total recoveries

269 064

Vaccines administered  53 507

Total deaths

11 576

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2034

Total number of tests

1499014

Hospital admissions 713 of which 158 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 179758

 170936

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 36080

 34287

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2416

 2259

Garden Route District Municipality

33856

32282

Overberg District Municipality

 13071

 12529

West Coast District Municipality

 13992

13262

Unallocated

3595

3509

Total

282768

269064

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

28833

 27752

Southern

 29164

 27806

Klipfontein

 17003

 15866

Mitchells Plain

 17419

 16440

Tygerberg

 30017

 28508

Khayelitsha

12140

11472

Eastern

26487

25147

Northern

18695

17945

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

179758

170936

Cape Winelands District Municipality

36080

34287

Breede Valley

8951

8462

Drakenstein

11295

10752

Langeberg

4267

4063

Stellenbosch

6555

6248

Witzenberg

5012

4762

Central Karoo District Municipality

2416

2259

Beaufort West

1892

1765

Laingsburg

267

251

Prince Albert

257

243

Garden Route District Municipality

33856

32282

Bitou

2755

2638

George

12000

11451

Hessequa

1957

1846

Kannaland

885

838

Knysna

4820

4641

Mossel Bay

7407

7180

Oudtshoorn

4032

3688

Overberg District Municipality

13071

12529

Cape Agulhas

1663

1561

Overstrand

4980

4822

Swellendam

1740

1669

Theewaterskloof

4688

4477

West Coast District Municipality

13992

13262

Bergriver

2230

2074

Cederberg

927

857

Matzikama

2085

1993

Saldanha Bay

4092

3875

Swartland

4658

4463

Unallocated

3595

3509

A note on deaths

The Western Cape has added 27 additional deaths to its dashboard today, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 576. There was also an unusually high number of deaths in yesterday’s report. Please note that in the past few days we have received information from the SA Medical Research Council on additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths that occurred in the last four weeks, and these were added in two batches, as they came through, to yesterday and today’s death counts. These deaths are mostly historic and did not occur in the last few days (most occurred prior to 30 March). There has not been a spike in deaths over the past few days.

We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

A note on reported cases

There is an acknowledged difference in method for calculation of cases on national and provincial dashboards, with the national dashboard tabulating incidences of infection, and the provincial dashboard tabulating the number of people who have ever had COVID-19 to date in our province. We are working to correct this discrepancy so that we may achieve better alignment. Please accept our apologies for the error which arose in yesterday’s daily update, which was reported according to the national calculation. 

The Province is constantly striving to update data systems to most accurately reflect on the COVID-19 epidemic, as circumstances and data sources evolve over 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 calls on NHWs to assist over 60s to register for vaccines

This afternoon, I met with members of the Mountview Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), which is accredited with the Department of Community Safety. I joined the Mountview NHW on a walkabout and encouraged members to assist elderly people with the registration process for COVID-19 vaccines. 

Going forward, a communique will be sent to NHWs, asking them to assist those over 60 who may be struggling to complete the application process. 

Across our province, NHWs play a pivotal role in acting as the eyes and ears of their communities, working to make them safer. But NHWs also play a role in keeping their communities well informed. This is why, during my visit today, I called on the members of Mountview Neighbourhood Watch, and by extension all NHWs, to reach out and assist older residents (those over 60), where possible, with their vaccine registration. 

On 16 April 2021, the National Department of Health opened its Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) to those over 60 years old to register for their COVID-19 vaccines. The Western Cape Government is still aiming to commence phase 2 of its mass vaccination rollout campaign from 17 May, and we hope that as many over 60 year olds as possible will register before that time.   

To register:

  1. Go to the EVDS portal to register: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za
  2. Follow the steps on the portal and complete your details.
  3. You will receive a SMS to confirm your registration
  4. When it is your turn to be vaccinated, you will receive a SMS informing you when and where you will be vaccinated

To date, a total of 114 533 residents in the Western Cape have registered for their vaccines. We are still a long way off from achieving our registration targets. For this reason, I further ask that all residents assist their elderly grandparents, relatives, neighbours, and family friends with their registration, should they need help. This will go a long way in ensuring that we achieve our targets. By ensuring the smooth rollout of our vaccine campaign, we can mitigate undue severe illness and/or undue death caused by the anticipated third wave.