Update on the coronavirus and vaccines by Premier Alan Winde - 23 February

As of 1pm on 23 February, the Western Cape has 4269 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 274 191 confirmed cases and 258 839 recoveries. A total of 3956 vaccines had been administered by 5pm on 22 February.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

274 191

Total recoveries

258 839

Vaccines administered 3956

Total deaths

11 083

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

4269

Total number of tests

1314768

Hospital admissions 1316 of which 269 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 175038

 165224

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 34698

 32604

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2345

 2167

Garden Route District Municipality

32916

31307

Overberg District Municipality

 12723

 12090

West Coast District Municipality

 13041

12100

Unallocated

3430

3347

Total

274191

258839

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

27723

 26493

Southern

 28313

 26856

Klipfontein

 16427

 15188

Mitchells Plain

 16952

 15899

Tygerberg

 28976

 27328

Khayelitsha

12008

11299

Eastern

25491

23975

Northern

19148

18186

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

175038

165224

Cape Winelands District Municipality

34698

32604

Breede Valley

8652

8101

Drakenstein

10783

10096

Langeberg

4158

3917

Stellenbosch

6218

5876

Witzenberg

4887

4614

Central Karoo District Municipality

2345

2167

Beaufort West

1838

1695

Laingsburg

255

237

Prince Albert

252

235

Garden Route District Municipality

32916

31307

Bitou

2683

2569

George

11637

11066

Hessequa

1912

1799

Kannaland

842

797

Knysna

4757

4578

Mossel Bay

7223

6970

Oudtshoorn

3862

3528

Overberg District Municipality

12723

12090

Cape Agulhas

1593

1484

Overstrand

4852

4636

Swellendam

1697

1616

Theewaterskloof

4581

4354

West Coast District Municipality

13041

12100

Bergriver

1938

1718

Cederberg

827

740

Matzikama

1986

1868

Saldanha Bay

3795

3546

Swartland

4495

4228

Unallocated

3430

3347

The Western Cape has recorded 28 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 11 083. 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

Unemployment data:

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey data for the province released by StatsSA shows some promising signs of growth, but we still have a lot of work to do in South Africa. 

See the full statement issued by Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier on the stats here: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/news/unemployment-stats-encouraging-signs-economic-recovery-western-cape

The Western Cape still has the lowest expanded unemployment rate in the country at 26.8% and also recorded the highest increase in the number of new jobs in the country, with 121 000 jobs created in the last quarter.

As I indicated in my State of the Province Address last week, job creation must be private sector led, with government creating the enabling environment for economic growth.

I am therefore pleased that strong growth has been recorded in the agriculture, construction and trade sectors in the last quarter.

In order to save jobs and support the private sector, the Western Cape Government has:

Made R39 million in COVID-19 relief available to small businesses.

Supported wine tourism through the Wine Workers Support Stipend.

Supported our creative economy with R4.7 million in relief funding.

We have also worked with the Deeds Office and the Port of Cape Town to resolve backlogs and blockages, to support the construction industry and exports, respectively.

As announced in my SOPA, infrastructure investment is critical to ensuring that we are able to grow our economy and support job creation. Looking ahead, we will build up a portfolio of investment projects that can attract private finance where appropriate. Borrowing for infrastructure investment will require high quality project preparation and once a project is identified, will undergo technical work including bankability and feasibility studies.  

This process will complement our work to launch a dedicated infrastructure agency that can contract and borrow money as a 3D entity, as defined in the PFMA. We will shortly be appointing a panel of infrastructure finance experts who will take forward the technical work to establish this entity.

The Western Cape will also continue its work to be the first province to beat loadshedding. We have committed R20 million per year for the next two years to roll out the Western Cape Government’s Municipal Energy Resilience Programme. As part of the first phase, DEDAT and the Departments of Local Government and Treasury, have undertaken an assessment process of all municipalities to determine their readiness. We have also procured the technical expertise that will help our municipalities to become energy resilient.

To promote recovery in the tourism sector, the Air Access project will work to gain back lost routes, with Wesgro we will continue promoting domestic tourism and we will lobby the national government for the introduction of a remote working visa.

We will also be working to grow exports, promote investment through our growth agencies  Wesgro, the Atlantis SEZ and the Saldanha Bay IDZ, and improve and develop our public transport system to support economic growth and jobs.

By saving and creating new jobs, we can also make an impact in our other two recovery focus areas of safety and dignity and wellbeing. A job presents an alternative to, and a pathway out of a life of crime, especially for our young people. At the same time, a job creates dignity-allowing residents to put food on the table and provide for themselves and their loved ones.