Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out by Premier Alan Winde - 25 March

As of 1pm on 25 March, the Western Cape has 2163 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 279 110 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 265 491 recoveries. A total of 36 098 out of the 44 040 vaccines received to date as part of the Sisonke trial, had been administered by 5pm on 24 March.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

279 110

Total recoveries

265 491

Vaccines administered 36 098

Total deaths

11431

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2163

Total number of tests

1416348

Hospital admissions 880 of which 179 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 177764

169060 

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 35533

 33723

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2389

 2227

Garden Route District Municipality

33453

31878

Overberg District Municipality

 12934

 12403

West Coast District Municipality

 13599

12835

Unallocated

3438

3365

Total

279110

265491

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

28276

 27225

Southern

 28841

 27543

Klipfontein

 16880

 15738

Mitchells Plain

 17017

 16038

Tygerberg

 29057

 27611

Khayelitsha

12085

11420

Eastern

26172

24785

Northern

19436

18700

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

177764

169060

Cape Winelands District Municipality

35533

33723

Breede Valley

8831

8357

Drakenstein

11099

10544

Langeberg

4228

4018

Stellenbosch

6401

6102

Witzenberg

4974

4702

Central Karoo District Municipality

2389

2227

Beaufort West

1869

1738

Laingsburg

266

248

Prince Albert

254

241

Garden Route District Municipality

33453

31878

Bitou

2728

2615

George

11835

11276

Hessequa

1936

1828

Kannaland

878

828

Knysna

4785

4613

Mossel Bay

7341

7106

Oudtshoorn

3950

3612

Overberg District Municipality

12934

12403

Cape Agulhas

1641

1540

Overstrand

4937

4772

Swellendam

13599

1650

Theewaterskloof

2087

4441

West Coast District Municipality

13599

12835

Bergriver

2087

1928

Cederberg

887

829

Matzikama

2049

1949

Saldanha Bay

3973

3749

Swartland

4603

4380

Unallocated

3438

3365

The Western Cape has recorded 5 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 431. 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 

COVID-19 data is showing good news in the Western Cape:

The Western Cape’s response to COVID-19 is based on evidence, science and data, and that is why every week we share this information with the public.

Our latest data continues to show good news for the Western Cape:

• There continues to be a decline in cases, admissions and deaths in the Western Cape (although starting to plateau).

• The proportion of positive tests remains stable at 5.1%.

• We are approaching the situation seen between the first and second waves, although we have not reached it yet.

• The reproductive number remains below 1.

• Cases in the Cape Metro declined by 20%.

• Cases in the rural districts overall have declined by 26%.

• 18 treatment plants have detected no COVID-19 in wastewater, up from 9 previously.

• There are only 20 active COVID-19 cases amongst our health care workers.

Our surveillance teams are ensuring heightened vigilance over this time, and where clusters are picked up, we are taking swift action to intervene. These clusters are often linked to irresponsible behaviour where mask wearing, and other safety measures were not adhered to.

“Seroprevalence research shows that there is still vulnerability in most communities”

The Western Cape Government has tested for seroprevalence after the ‘second wave’ to determine vulnerability for future waves in our province. 

To put it simply, our research wants to find out how many people have COVID-19 antibodies that would allow for greater protection against infection in the future.

We specifically tested:

• Public sector diabetic patient specimens

• Private sector diabetic patient specimens

• Public sector HIV patient specimens

• Public sector children attending Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Tygerberg Hospital 

The results found that in diabetics in the public sector

• Seroprevalence in the Cape Metro was approximately 47%

• The Cape Winelands District, Central Karoo District, and the Garden Route District also had seroprevalence rates higher than 40%

• The Overberg District and West Coast District had seroprevalence rates under 40%, pointing to greater vulnerability 

In addition:

• Seroprevalence is highest in 30-44-year-old groups and decreases with age, meaning those at highest risk remain vulnerable

• Seroprevalence in the public sector is consistently higher in females than males

• There is lower seroprevalence in more affluent communities

• Overall, no community has reached herd immunity of 65% and every single community remains vulnerable to future resurgences (to varying degrees).

What does this mean, simply? 

Not enough people have either been infected with the virus and developed antibodies, or have been vaccinated, to prevent a ‘third wave’. There is still a very high risk of resurgence, and we must continue to do everything possible to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Personal responsibility best way to delay a ‘third wave’ for as long as possible”

That is why my main message at today’s digital press conference was that every single person in our province must urgently heighten their vigilance, to think smartly, and to avoid either being infected with, or spreading COVID-19 this holiday season.

If we all stay safe in this way, we can delay the “third wave” for as long as possible, and we can continue to save lives and livelihoods in the Western Cape. 

Please urge your family, friends, neighbours and loved ones to:

• Avoid crowded places, especially where there is poor ventilation.

• Wear a mask whenever in public, or with people outside of your own household.

• Gather outdoors, and remember to keep it short and small, to limit exposure.

• Protect those at greatest risk of severe COVID-19 infection such as those with comorbidities and the elderly.  

• Think smartly and act responsibly so that you don’t put yourself in a situation where you either get infected with COVID-19 or spread COVID-19.