Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out by Premier Alan Winde - 1 April

As of 1pm on 1 April, the Western Cape has 2313 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 280 226 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 266 398 recoveries. A total of 48 641 out of the 53 820 vaccines received to date as part of the Sisonke trial, had been administered by 5pm on 31 March.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

280 226

Total recoveries

266 398

Vaccines administered  48 641

Total deaths

11464

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2313

Total number of tests

1442013

Hospital admissions 824 of which 170 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 178400

 169525

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 35712

 33882

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2399

 2233

Garden Route District Municipality

33552

31985

Overberg District Municipality

 12981

 12445

West Coast District Municipality

 13724

12952

Unallocated

3458

3376

Total

280226

266398

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

28471

 27361

Southern

 28961

 27620

Klipfontein

 16924

 15785

Mitchells Plain

 17337

 16343

Tygerberg

 29658

 28153

Khayelitsha

12105

11432

Eastern

26330

24927

Northern

18614

17902

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

178400

169525

Cape Winelands District Municipality

35712

33882

Breede Valley

8864

8380

Drakenstein

11173

10601

Langeberg

4237

4024

Stellenbosch

6454

6144

Witzenberg

4984

4733

Central Karoo District Municipality

2399

2233

Beaufort West

1879

1743

Laingsburg

266

249

Prince Albert

254

241

Garden Route District Municipality

33552

31985

Bitou

2733

2621

George

11876

11327

Hessequa

1944

1831

Kannaland

880

830

Knysna

4791

4618

Mossel Bay

7361

7131

Oudtshoorn

3967

3627

Overberg District Municipality

12981

12445

Cape Agulhas

1646

1552

Overstrand

4957

4791

Swellendam

1724

1656

Theewaterskloof

4654

4446

West Coast District Municipality

13724

12952

Bergriver

2125

1961

Cederberg

896

837

Matzikama

2096

1959

Saldanha Bay

4008

3785

Swartland

4626

4410

Unallocated

3458

3376

The Western Cape has recorded 6 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 464. 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 

Digicon update:

This morning, I held my weekly digicon where we detailed our heightened surveillance in the Western Cape to ensure that we monitor COVID-19 cases and delay a possible third wave. 

In order to do this, we must all actively practice responsibly behaviours, and urge those around us to do the same, especially as we celebrate the upcoming long weekend. 

Our COVID-19 surveillance and data currently shows: 

  • Hospital admissions and deaths continue to decline, with 22% and 62% decreases respectively over the past week. 
  • Our wastewater data continues to show decreased or low levels of SARS CoV-2 in our treatment plants. 
  • A total of 824 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in the province, and hospitalisations for COVID-19 continue to decline. 
  • COVID-19 hospital occupancy is currently at 10% in the Metro, 15% in the George drainage area, 22% in Paarl and 21% in Worcester. 
  • Our Hospital of Hope at Brackengate currently has 13 patients admitted. In Mitchell’s Plain, there are 2 patients admitted in Freesia and Ward 99.  
  • The Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope and Sonstraal Hospital in Paarl do not currently have patients in them. The Mitchell’s Plain Hospital of Hope will now begin admitting non-COVID patients. The infrastructure will remain in place to be reactivated should a third wave necessitate this. 

These are all positive signs. We are however concerned that in the Metro in particular, there has been a slight uptick in new infections. This has largely been driven by increases in private sector testing in the Northern, Southern and Western sub-districts however we continue to monitor and track these trends closely. 

At this stage, the data does not point to signs of clusters of infections, but with the long Easter weekend, and school holidays coming up, we must remain hyper vigilant to ensure that clusters and super-spreader events do not occur. 

Vaccination progress: 

Almost 50 000 healthcare workers in the province have so far been vaccinated with the J& J vaccine, as part of the Sisonke implementation study. We anticipate that we will be able to cover 50% of the province’s healthcare workers with the doses being received through this study. 

The province is also at an advanced planning stage for the rollout of phase 2, which is targeted to begin in May. During this phase, we will scale up dramatically as we anticipate vaccinating 30 000 to 40 000 people per day, at a mixture of sites which range from extra-large sites at major hospitals to outreach sites in small communities. 

The aim is to vaccinate as many high-risk individuals as possible before a potential third wave arrives in the province. This will reduce the number of hospitalisations and deaths in any subsequent wave. 

Delaying the onset of a possible third wave: 

In order to roll out as many vaccines as we can, we all have an important role to play in delaying a third wave as much as possible. How we act and behave during this time between waves is crucial. 

The Western Cape Government, for its part, will continue its surveillance to track infections, and to intervene early to manage “bushfires” where increases are detected.  

Keeping the R number, or reproduction number of the virus below 1, is key to managing COVID-19. Residents can help us do this by ensuring that safety protocols become part and parcel of their everyday lives. 

This includes: 

Wearing a mask whenever you are out in public places 

Regularly washing or sanitising your hands and keeping surfaces clean 

Keeping your distance from others 

Avoiding crowds 

Avoiding confined spaces 

Avoiding close contact 

Staying home if you do not feel well 

If you fall into a high-risk group, it is important that you take extra measures to protect yourself 

It is especially important that we take these precautions very seriously over the Easter weekend as more people travel and congregate. 

If you are traveling or planning on making use of any of our province’s tourism or hospitality services, I urge you to ensure that you are doing so safely. When traveling, ensure all windows are open.  At beaches, restaurants and events, avoid crowding. If you will be socializing at home, remember to keep these events short, small and outdoors to reduce risks. 

Easter is a very important time in the Christian calendar, and I call upon all of those celebrating to ensure that this holiday remains special and does not contribute to super spreader events.  

Over the weekend, attendance at faith-based events has been extended to 250 people indoors and 500 outdoors. It is imperative that religious institutions and their faithful, adhere to these regulations and ensure that there is adequate spacing, ventilation and Covid-19 safety in place to protect everyone. 

I wish everyone celebrating Easter, a blessed holiday, and all residents of the Western Cape a safe and peaceful long weekend.