Update on the coronavirus and vaccination roll out by Premier Alan Winde - 31 March

As of 1pm on 31 March, the Western Cape has 2258 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 280 029 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 266 269 recoveries. A total of 45 960 out of the 53 820 vaccines received to date as part of the Sisonke trial, had been administered by 5pm on 30 March.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

280 029

Total recoveries

266 269

Vaccines administered 45 960

Total deaths

11458

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2258

Total number of tests

1438278

Hospital admissions 794 of which 149 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 178304

 169483

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 35666

 33863

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2398

 2231

Garden Route District Municipality

33537

31961

Overberg District Municipality

 12975

 12431

West Coast District Municipality

 13691

12928

Unallocated

3458

3372

Total

280029

266269

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

28448

 27340

Southern

 28931

 27608

Klipfontein

 16909

 15776

Mitchells Plain

 17326

 16338

Tygerberg

 29638

 28147

Khayelitsha

12101

11431

Eastern

26303

24898

Northern

18648

17945

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

178304

169483

Cape Winelands District Municipality

35666

33863

Breede Valley

8854

8379

Drakenstein

11147

10591

Langeberg

4237

4026

Stellenbosch

6444

6139

Witzenberg

4984

4728

Central Karoo District Municipality

2398

2231

Beaufort West

1878

1741

Laingsburg

266

249

Prince Albert

254

241

Garden Route District Municipality

33537

31961

Bitou

2732

2620

George

11867

11318

Hessequa

1944

1831

Kannaland

879

829

Knysna

4790

4616

Mossel Bay

7361

7123

Oudtshoorn

3964

3624

Overberg District Municipality

12975

12431

Cape Agulhas

1646

1547

Overstrand

4954

4787

Swellendam

1724

1654

Theewaterskloof

4651

4443

West Coast District Municipality

13691

12928

Bergriver

2118

1955

Cederberg

895

837

Matzikama

2059

1958

Saldanha Bay

3998

3775

Swartland

4621

4403

Unallocated

3458

3372

The Western Cape has recorded 9 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 458. 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 

Safety over the long weekend:

The Easter weekend is traditionally a busy time, with many people moving around the province. Whether you are undertaking a trip, or staying home this year, the Western Cape Government urges extreme caution.

The Western Cape's COVID-19 continues to reflect declines in infections. However, we must be hyper-vigilant, especially as many people will be traveling, meeting or attending religious services this weekend. I appeal to everyone to wear their masks, wash their hands, and avoid the 3 Cs: close contact, confined spaces and crowded places. Keeping gatherings small, short and outdoors presents the least amount of infection risk.

The elderly remain at high risk of becoming seriously ill and Minister of Social Development Sharna Fernandez has called on residents to protect their elderly loved ones.

“I would like to remind all members of the public that COVID-19 is not on holiday. Before and whilst visiting your loved ones over the long weekend, please take the necessary steps to prevent contracting and spreading COVID-19. We do this to protect not only ourselves, but our communities, and especially those who are older and live with high-risk comorbidities. Senior citizens are at greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection, requiring hospitalization or other forms of specialised health services. As such, the Department of Social Development (DSD) remains on high alert, and responsive to any potential risk of infections increasing in old age homes."

Schools closed today for the Easter break and Minister of Education, Debbie Schafer has appealed for learners and their families to take precautions.

"Over the last year, we have seen that super spreader events result in a spike of cases, particularly amongst young people. Unfortunately, while learners and staff follow the safety protocols well while they are at school, the attention to these often lapses during social occasions," Minister Schafer said.

Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela meanwhile has urged residents and holiday makers to abide by the COVID-19 regulations, and the rules of the road while launching the Easter traffic safety plan today.

Minister Madikizela said: "We will be stringently addressing habitual offenders who repeatedly break the law on our roads. As part of a first phase, we have been able to upload records of habitual offenders where vehicles that have 10 or more infringements recorded over the last 6 months will appear. The purpose of the function is to alert the traffic officers through their handheld devices whenever these offenders are sighted through the ASOD sites. This will enable the officer to stop and engage such motorists."

The province will be conducting a number of integrated road traffic operations over this time to ensure safety. I appeal to motorists and drivers to drive safely, keep to the speed limit and to ensure everyone is buckled up. Do not drink and use our roads- whether you are a pedestrian or a motorist.

Make sure you abide by passenger limits in vehicles (100% of licensed capacity for shorter journey and 70% for any journey longer than 200km). Open all windows at least 5cm at all times. Passengers using public transport should wear their masks at all times.

Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz meanwhile is urging residents to drink responsibly, should they wish to do so, over the long weekend. 

Minister Fritz said, “We have seen over the last year how super-spreader events can take place around socialising, and so we all have to have heightened vigilance and act responsibly. Liquor Inspectors will be conducting Easter Weekend enforcement operations with heightened vigilance to increase compliance. We urge businesses to follow the health and safety protocols so that we don’t allow any space to cause a super-spreader event.”

Residents can report license holders who are trading irresponsibly, or contravening their license conditions, to the Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) by calling (+27) 21 204-9805, emailing liquor.enquiries@wcla.gov.za or visiting https://www.wcla.gov.za/form/complaints-form.