Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out - 4 May

As of 1pm on 4 May 2021, the Western Cape has 1882 active COVID-19 infections, with a total of 284 416 people having been infected with COVID-19 to date and 270 775 recoveries. A total of 61 038 vaccines received to date as part of the Sisonke trial have been administered by 5pm on 3 May 2021.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

284 416

Total recoveries

270 775

Vaccines administered  61 038

Total deaths

11 630

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

1882

Total number of tests

1 544 385

Hospital admissions 740 of which 149 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 180901

 1702066

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 36267

 34528

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2435

 2270

Garden Route District Municipality

34037

32457

Overberg District Municipality

 13130

 12590

West Coast District Municipality

 14122

13441

Unallocated

3524

3423

Total

284416

270775

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

29042

 27948

Southern

 29528

 28103

Klipfontein

 17043

 15925

Mitchells Plain

 17471

 16523

Tygerberg

 30128

 28713

Khayelitsha

12153

11487

Eastern

26618

25263

Northern

18918

18104

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

180901

172066

Cape Winelands District Municipality

36267

34528

Breede Valley

8993

8519

Drakenstein

11345

10827

Langeberg

4278

4080

Stellenbosch

6624

6319

Witzenberg

5027

4783

Central Karoo District Municipality

2435

2270

Beaufort West

1910

1776

Laingsburg

267

251

Prince Albert

258

243

Garden Route District Municipality

34037

32457

Bitou

2765

2654

George

12067

11525

Hessequa

1967

1856

Kannaland

891

840

Knysna

4830

4659

Mossel Bay

7437

7196

Oudtshoorn

4080

3727

Overberg District Municipality

13130

12590

Cape Agulhas

1673

1571

Overstrand

5003

4835

Swellendam

1747

1680

Theewaterskloof

4707

4504

West Coast District Municipality

14122

13441

Bergriver

2250

2133

Cederberg

944

883

Matzikama

2101

2002

Saldanha Bay

4133

3935

Swartland

4694

4488

Unallocated

3524

3423

The Western Cape has recorded 3 additional deaths since our last daily update on Monday 3 May, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 630. 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 

75-year-old COVID-19 survivor is excited to register and receive vaccine

Among the 172 249 out of 720 000 residents who have so far registered for their vaccines is 75-year-old Richard Nessworthy. Residents over 60 years, such as Mr Nessworthy, are eligible to register on the Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) and are urged to do so.

Richard is looking forward to the protection against severe COVID-19 that the vaccine will offer. He was hospitalised at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope between 18 January and 25 February 2021 after contracting the virus. 

Mr Nessworthy said: “I went in there with a 50/50 chance of surviving, but I came out alive. They saved my life, and I am so grateful to the healthcare workers at the Brackengate Hospital of Hope. Because of them, I am able to stand here with my wife today. I was there in January and February 2021 and was on oxygen support for 34 days. It was amazing to see the healthcare workers there every day, risking their lives to care for others. Now I can walk around, although I’m not as strong as I used to be.”

When asked whether he was looking forward to his vaccine, Mr Nessworthy said: “I have not received the vaccine yet, but I can say I am looking forward to getting the vaccine. I am 75 years old. What is my motivation? We need to get rid of this virus totally and taking the vaccine can help us do that. I will take it tomorrow if I could, to protect myself and my loves ones against becoming severely ill from the virus.”

If any person 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 center on 0860 142 142. Our teams are trained and on stand-by to talk residents through the simple, 8 step process.

More recoveries at Western Cape Old Age Homes

I warmly welcome the news that the number of recoveries at Old Age Homes in the Western Cape continues to increase. These residents are at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness, and so this extremely good news. 

I would like to join Minister Sharna Fernandez in thanking all our Old Age Home facilities for the role they have played in saving lives, and to urge them to assist us in registering as many residents as possible for vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine has been rigorously tested internationally and locally, and offers excellent protection against severe COVID-19 illness and death. It is safe and it is effective, and it will help us finally end this pandemic. 

For Minister Fernandez’s full statement, click here: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/gc-news/296/56586