Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out - 26 April

As of 1pm on 26 April, the Western Cape has 2027 active COVID-19 infections, with a total of 283 398 people having been infected with COVID-19 to date and 269 661 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 25 April.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

283 398

Total recoveries

269 661

Vaccines administered  53 507

Total deaths

11 601

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2027

Total number of tests

1 520 361

Hospital admissions 720 of which 149 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 180259

 171394

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 36138

 34369

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2428

 2260

Garden Route District Municipality

33936

32342

Overberg District Municipality

 13097

 12556

West Coast District Municipality

 14051

13332

Unallocated

3489

3408

Total

283398

269661

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

28900

 27820

Southern

 29373

 27949

Klipfontein

 17014

 15894

Mitchells Plain

 17443

 16474

Tygerberg

 30064

 28574

Khayelitsha

12143

11474

Eastern

26547

25220

Northern

18775

17989

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

180259

171394

Cape Winelands District Municipality

36138

34369

Breede Valley

8967

8476

Drakenstein

11310

10785

Langeberg

4268

4063

Stellenbosch

6577

6279

Witzenberg

5016

4766

Central Karoo District Municipality

2428

2260

Beaufort West

1903

1767

Laingsburg

267

251

Prince Albert

258

242

Garden Route District Municipality

33936

32342

Bitou

2760

2646

George

12027

11484

Hessequa

1967

1850

Kannaland

888

837

Knysna

4826

4644

Mossel Bay

7415

7179

Oudtshoorn

4053

3702

Overberg District Municipality

13097

12556

Cape Agulhas

1666

1568

Overstrand

4984

4827

Swellendam

1744

1670

Theewaterskloof

4703

4491

West Coast District Municipality

14051

13332

Bergriver

2241

2105

Cederberg

933

861

Matzikama

2087

1992

Saldanha Bay

4114

3899

Swartland

4676

4475

Unallocated

3489

3408

The Western Cape has recorded 17 additional deaths since our last daily update on Friday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 601. These are largely historical deaths that have been updated on the COVID-19 dashboard. There has not been a spike in deaths over the past few days. The actual number of deaths since yesterday is 3.  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 welcomes lifting of suspension on J&J vaccine

The J&J Sisonke programme was suspended on Tuesday, 13 April 2021, following 6 reported cases of rare blood clots in the USA (out of 6.6 million vaccinations). It has been confirmed that there were no instances of rare blood clots in South Africa among health care workers already vaccinated. The J&J vaccine has since been found safe to use following careful consideration by SAHPRA and related bodies.

SAHPRA has however recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women should be excluded from the Sisonke trial at this stage. This is a precautionary measure that will be updated following further investigation. The Medical Research Council, along with other academic and scientific bodies, will engage SAHPRA on this recommendation. The national health department will shortly be issuing instructions on the reregistration process for healthcare worker vaccinations.

I want to reiterate that the vaccine is safe to use and will protect you from COVID-19. 

I look forward to the conclusion of the Sisonke trial which will see approximately 68% of health care workers vaccinated. We are preparing to scale up our vaccination programme during April to complete Phase 1 (all health care workers). This will be supported by the expected arrival of 325 560 doses of the J&J vaccine in South Africa before 17 May 2021.

We will then start with Phase 2 of our vaccine strategy on 17 May, which will operate concurrently during May 2021 with both Pfizer and J&J vaccines being used. Our approach to the rollout of vaccines is according to age, starting with our oldest residents first.

I would like to remind residents in the province who are over 60 to complete their registration on the national government’s EVDS registration system. In the Western Cape, there are 720 000 residents over 60, and we are aiming to complete the vaccination of this age band by the end of June.  

If any resident is struggling to register and has not been able to clarify their concerns via the www.sacoronavirus.co.za/evds/support/portal, they are urged to contact our call centre on 0860 142 142. Our teams are trained and on stand-by to talk residents through the simple, 8 step process.

Once most of this age band has been vaccinated, we will push to have the EVDS system opened to lower age bands. We will ensure, through a strong communication campaign, that residents are aware of the opening of the system to younger residents.