Update on the coronavirus and vaccines by Premier Alan Winde - 7 September 2021

As at 1pm on 7 September 2021, the Western Cape had 24 504 active COVID-19 infections, with a total number 503 684 COVID-19 cases to date and 460 355 recoveries. 

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

503 684

Total recoveries

460 355

Vaccines administered  2 239 632 

Total deaths

18 825

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

24 504

Total number of tests

2 323 653

Hospital admissions 2931 of which 617 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

305376

 279763

Cape Winelands District Municipality

61659

56504

Central Karoo District Municipality

5071

4479

Garden Route District Municipality

63640

58048

Overberg District Municipality

23866

21653

West Coast District Municipality

31310

28193

Unallocated

6582

5535

Reinfections

6180

6180

Total

503684

460355

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

49799

 46256

Southern

51040

 46997

Klipfontein

25332

22918

Mitchells Plain

27450

24984

Tygerberg

52679

 48166

Khayelitsha

14521

13273

Eastern

46175

42020

Northern

38380

35149

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

305376

279763

Cape Winelands District Municipality

61659

56504

Breede Valley

12725

11748

Drakenstein

22363

20439

Langeberg

7513

6840

Stellenbosch

11644

10742

Witzenberg

7414

6735

Central Karoo District Municipality

5071

4479

Beaufort West

3829

3368

Laingsburg

545

472

Prince Albert

697

639

Garden Route District Municipality

63640

58048

Bitou

3944

3577

George

23265

21546

Hessequa

4668

4085

Kannaland

1663

1474

Knysna

7712

7140

Mossel Bay

14890

13709

Oudtshoorn

7498

6517

Overberg District Municipality

23866

21653

Cape Agulhas

3121

2754

Overstrand

9031

8387

Swellendam

3411

3111

Theewaterskloof

8303

7401

West Coast District Municipality

31310

28193

Bergriver

4959

4450

Cederberg

2932

2483

Matzikama

4969

4357

Saldanha Bay

8511

7794

Swartland

9939

9109

Unallocated

6582

5535

By 5pm on 6 September 2021, the Western Cape Government had administered a cumulative total of 2 239 632 vaccines to healthcare workers, staff in the education sector and those within eligible age brackets.

The current 7-day moving average is 70 deaths per day.

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. To view the Dashboard, visit: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

You can also view the Western Cape Government’s vaccine registration dashboard by visiting: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/vaccine-dashboard 

Western Cape continues to see decreases COVID-19 cases, deaths & hospitalisations

The Western Cape is continuing to see decreases in COVID-19 infections, deaths, hospitalisations and testing. This indicates that not only have we left the peak of the third wave, but that we are starting to come off the third wave too.

We will have officially left the third wave once case numbers are at 15% of the peak of the current wave or approximately 530 cases diagnosed a day. We are continuing to monitor these indicators closely.

While case numbers are decreasing, we are still seeing approximately 1000 cases a day and we must continue to be vigilant and play our part in breaking the chain of transmission.

Our healthcare platform indicates that as of 7 September:

  • The test positivity rate is currently 23%, which has decreased from 42% at its highest point on 26 July 2021.
  • Daily cases have decreased to 1555 new cases a day from 3543 at its highest point on 17 August 2021.
  • Hospital admissions have decreased from 362 new admissions at its highest point on 1 August to 220 new admissions daily.
  • Average deaths stand at 70 deaths compared to 122 deaths at its highest point on 30 July 2021.
  • The Reproductive or “R” number for the province is approximately 0.75 compared to 1.4 at its highest point around 14 June 2021.

Let’s play our part and continue practicing the lifesaving behaviours that we have learnt to stop the spread of COVID-19 so that we can exit the third wave and move forward.