Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out - 28 May

As at 1pm on 28 May 2021, the Western Cape had 3 762 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number of 293 436 COVID-19 cases to date and 277 881 recoveries. 

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

293 436

Total recoveries

277 881

Vaccines administered  130 332

Total deaths

11 793

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3762

Total number of tests

1 630 447

Hospital admissions 837 of which 188 are in ICU or high care

By 5pm on 27 May, the Western Cape Government had administered:

Phase

Total vaccinated

Phase 1a (Sisonke Trial)

93 153

Phase 1b and Phase 2

37 179

Total 130 332
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 184231

 174461

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 37000

 35037

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2483

 2307

Garden Route District Municipality

34579

32896

Overberg District Municipality

 13297

 12717

West Coast District Municipality

14714

13785

Unallocated

3970

3516

Reinfections

3162

3162

Total

293436

277881

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

29849

 28519

Southern

30208

 28662

Klipfontein

 17138

 15999

Mitchells Plain

 17582

 16631

Tygerberg

 30684

 29300

Khayelitsha

12177

11510

Eastern

27132

25586

Northern

19161

18254

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

184231

174461

Cape Winelands District Municipality

37000

35037

Breede Valley

9132

8622

Drakenstein

11611

10990

Langeberg

4331

4106

Stellenbosch

6858

6507

Witzenberg

5068

4812

Central Karoo District Municipality

2483

2307

Beaufort West

1952

1809

Laingsburg

273

253

Prince Albert

258

245

Garden Route District Municipality

34579

32896

Bitou

2826

2687

George

12220

11673

Hessequa

1985

1863

Kannaland

910

859

Knysna

4882

4690

Mossel Bay

7585

7303

Oudtshoorn

4171

3821

Overberg District Municipality

13297

12717

Cape Agulhas

1685

1592

Overstrand

5095

4897

Swellendam

1777

1696

Theewaterskloof

4740

4532

West Coast District Municipality

14714

13785

Bergriver

2342

2195

Cederberg

994

921

Matzikama

2316

2090

Saldanha Bay

4286

4021

Swartland

4776

4558

Unallocated

3970

3516

The Western Cape has recorded 4 additional deaths since our last daily update on Thursday, 27 May, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 793. 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  

“Western Cape launches interactive, public-facing vaccination dashboard”

Following the release of our award-winning COVID-19 public-facing dashboard last year, which has generated more than 2 million views to date, we have today gone live with our vaccine registration dashboard. 

This dashboard gives residents up to date information on how many people have registered in their community. We hope that it will be used as a tool to drive community action toward registration (of oneself when eligible, and others), particularly in areas where sign-ups are low.

I encourage all residents to view it here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/vaccine-dashboard.

This dashboard includes:

  • A breakdown by the district and local municipality of residents who have registered for their vaccine, and a percentage of this relative to the eligible population (statistics are from the StatsSA 2020 midyear population estimates).
  • A filtering capability that enables us to quickly identify areas with low registration. This will enable targeted interventions to increase vaccine registration.
  • An interactive “heat map” that will allow residents to zoom into their neighbourhood to see how many elderly people may reside in the community.
  • A list of active vaccination sites, which will also tell you how many residents are within a 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 km radius of the site.
  • A list of ‘points of interest’, which will include our free Wi-Fi spots, religious centres, shopping areas, old age homes, government offices among others.

Please note that the data may not be 100% perfect, because population numbers by area may have changed over the last year, but it is a very useful tool to determine trends.

The most evident trend so far is that registrations in poorer communities are much lower when compared to other areas. The main reason for this is the lack of access to the resources that would enable registration on the EVDS.

This is very worrying to me. Vaccines save lives, and every life must matter. No matter where you live, or what you earn. We must ensure a fair, and equitable vaccination programme in our province.

On this note, I strongly believe that the registration process needs to be simplified considerably so that all barriers to getting the vaccine are removed. This is something that we will raise with the national government. 

The Western Cape Government has already taken a number of steps to help those without resources to register: 

  • We have trained the staff at all 75 Cape Access Centres across the province so that they can help residents register for free.
  • We have zero-rated the EVDS portal on our public Wi-Fi hotspots so that it will not take up any data from the free 3GB allocation provided.
  • Most Western Cape libraries will also be able to assist across the province.
  • We will deploy additional resources to help in these communities, including our Safety Ambassadors and Community Healthcare Workers, to increase registration.
  • We will target our communications campaign in these areas, providing as much information on how to register as possible.

While we are working hard to bridge this gap, we simply cannot do it alone. We need every person to help register someone who is 60 years and older. 

To register for the vaccine, you will need to visit: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/. This portal can also be found via www.westerncape.gov.za.

You can also dial *134*832# and follow the prompts (FREE on all South African Networks), or WhatsApp the word REGISTER to 0600 123456. 

Should you need assistance with the registration process, do not hesitate to visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za/evds/support/ or call our call centre on 0860 142 142.