Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out by Premier Alan Winde - 22 April

As of 1pm on 22 April, the Western Cape has 1978 active COVID-19 infections, with a total of 282 912 people having been infected with COVID-19 to date and 269 257 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 21 April, which remains on hold at this time.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

282 912

Total recoveries

269 257

Vaccines administered 53 507

Total deaths

11 581

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

1978

Total number of tests

1 509 212

Hospital admissions 723 of which 154 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 179925

171157 

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 36091

34307 

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2423

2259 

Garden Route District Municipality

33876

32301

Overberg District Municipality

 13081

12542

West Coast District Municipality

 14015

13287

Unallocated

3501

3404

Total

282912

269257

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

28840

27765

Southern

 29284

27922

Klipfontein

 17003

15870

Mitchells Plain

 17433

 16458

Tygerberg

 30024

28534

Khayelitsha

12135

11467

Eastern

26501

25184

Northern

18705

17957

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

179925

171157

Cape Winelands District Municipality

36091

34307

Breede Valley

8954

8466

Drakenstein

11299

10762

Langeberg

4269

4065

Stellenbosch

6557

6251

Witzenberg

5012

4763

Central Karoo District Municipality

2423

2259

Beaufort West

1899

1766

Laingsburg

267

251

Prince Albert

257

242

Garden Route District Municipality

33876

32301

Bitou

2756

2640

George

12009

11461

Hessequa

1958

1846

Kannaland

884

837

Knysna

4821

4642

Mossel Bay

7409

7180

Oudtshoorn

4039

3695

Overberg District Municipality

13081

12542

Cape Agulhas

1664

1563

Overstrand

4981

4824

Swellendam

1741

1669

Theewaterskloof

4695

4486

West Coast District Municipality

14015

13287

Bergriver

2235

2080

Cederberg

928

860

Matzikama

2087

1994

Saldanha Bay

4095

3882

Swartland

4670

4471

Unallocated

3501

3404

The Western Cape has recorded 5 additional deaths since Wednesday 21 April, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 581. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Premier Winde’s weekly digital press conference

During my weekly digital press conference today, I provided an update on the health platform, progress on our COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy and the national Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) guidelines for the third wave. 

Based on all our data, I’d like to issue a strong message to the residents of our province: there is no doubt that we will experience a third wave and we simply cannot relax.

This is based not only on international experience, where in some countries the third wave is well established, but also on data from other provinces within our own country. The NICD recently issued an alert to say that there are indications that in the North West, Free State and Northern Cape, signs of a third wave have already been detected.

Our goal – as government and as residents – must be to flatten our potential curve and push out the onset of the third wave while we vaccinate as many residents as possible. 

Flattening the curve and pushing it out is in all of our hands. I am concerned that some residents seem to be acting as if COVID-19 is no longer with us. What we need is a strong and fast behavior change response to any increase in cases. We cannot let our guard down now. 

At the same time, the Western Cape Government team is working extremely hard to ensure a slick vaccination rollout. In this regard, we are on track to start our mass vaccination campaign on 17 May 2021, with vaccinators trained and vaccination sites selected across our province. 

Our goal is to vaccinate as many residents as possible, as quickly as possible, to mitigate the severity of the coming third wave.

“We must all take responsibility to register over 60”

The national government’s EVDS registration system is currently open for people over 60-years-old. 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.  Key to this is ensuring we register, register, register.

To read the rest of this statement, visit the this link:  https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/news/statement-premier-alan-winde-his-weekly-digicon