Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 10 February

As of 1pm on 10 February, the Western Cape has 7078 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 270 691 confirmed cases and 252 882 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

270 691

Total recoveries

252 882

Total deaths

10 731

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

7078

Total number of tests

1272528

Hospital admissions 1983 of which 397 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 172990

 161480

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 34132

 31675

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2304

 2104

Garden Route District Municipality

32648

30928

Overberg District Municipality

 12547

 11838

West Coast District Municipality

 12676

11576

Unallocated

3394

3281

Total

270691

252882

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

27370

 25913

Southern

 27989

 26226

Klipfontein

 16222

 14824

Mitchells Plain

 16807

 15552

Tygerberg

 28632

 26682

Khayelitsha

11965

11202

Eastern

25145

23429

Northern

18860

17652

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

172990

161480

Cape Winelands District Municipality

34132

31675

Breede Valley

8510

7876

Drakenstein

10589

9766

Langeberg

4101

3812

Stellenbosch

6099

5686

Witzenberg

4833

4535

Central Karoo District Municipality

2304

2104

Beaufort West

1806

1646

Laingsburg

252

231

Prince Albert

246

227

Garden Route District Municipality

32648

30928

Bitou

2671

2548

George

11533

10940

Hessequa

1899

1783

Kannaland

824

758

Knysna

4741

4535

Mossel Bay

7170

6890

Oudtshoorn

3810

3474

Overberg District Municipality

12547

11838

Cape Agulhas

1574

1454

Overstrand

4762

4502

Swellendam

1676

1580

Theewaterskloof

4535

4302

West Coast District Municipality

12676

11576

Bergriver

1811

1583

Cederberg

781

676

Matzikama

1945

1768

Saldanha Bay

3696

3418

Swartland

4443

4131

Unallocated

3394

3281

The Western Cape has recorded 39 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to10 731. 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

Working to make the Western Cape safer:

During my State of the Province Address last year, I identified safety as one of our key priorities for 2020. Shortly thereafter, the province was hit by the first wave of COVID-19, and while this has had some impact on our plans, we have not lost focus. Safety remains one of the three key priorities for this government’s recovery plan along with jobs and dignity and well-being. 

Policing is not a provincial competency but having seen the impact of crime in our communities, and seen the grief and pain that drugs, gender-based violence and murder have wrought in residents’ lives, this province had no choice but to act. 

Despite the problems we have faced over the past year- we have delivered on many of the commitments I made on safety last year-among them that our interventions would be data driven and evidence led. 

The safety focus of our recovery plan will be spearheaded by the HODs of Community Safety and Health-using the Cardiff Model. This violence prevention strategy focuses on sharing of information between the department of health, police and local government- allowing us to create a full picture of when and how crime occurs, and its impact. This system, when used in Wales, led to adjusted violence prevention strategies, which resulted in a significant reduction in violent injuries. 

This week we celebrated the anniversary of the passing out of the first 500 LEAP officers who have been hard at work. They were initially deployed into hotspot areas just before the lockdown, and during the lockdown, these officers supported in our COVID-19 response- conducting COVID-19 related operations and crime prevention operations. 

In October, they were redeployed in five hotspot areas-Bishop Lavis (Bonteheuwel), Delft, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Philippi (Hanover Park) where officers are working closely with police and law enforcement to make these communities safer. 

They have recorded a number of successes, in the third quarter of 2020/1 alone, LEAP officers in the five hotspots have made over 300 arrests in these communities. 

Even with major budget cuts being experienced, the Western Cape Government has committed to continuing to roll out this programme, with the next 250 to begin training in April, and the next 250 after that beginning in July.  

By October, we will have introduced 1000 LEAP officers into the province since we launched our safety plan. 

When I visited Hanover Park recently, it was clear that the officers were are starting to build trust with the community, and I was pleased to see the close cooperation with SAPS. When I delivered my speech last year, the Western Cape Police Commissioner Yolisa Mokgabudi was newly appointed and I promised that we would work on building our relationship with SAPS and we have done just that both on the ground and at a leadership level.  

At the start of the pandemic in the Western Cape, I introduced expanded cabinet meetings which we now hold weekly. SAPS, and the Police Commissioner’s office have been a presence in all of those meetings, detailing their plans, responses and working with us. I want to thank the Police Commissioner for this cooperation and for the spirit in which she and her team have worked with us.

As a province, we have also committed to changing legislation around the sale of alcohol which is one of the key drivers of trauma and accidents in our communities. We saw the impact of alcohol on crime and safety during lockdown levels when it could not be sold. This however is not a long-term or sustainable solution, as many people rely on this industry for employment in the province.  

We have established an alcohol harms reduction task team who are considering a number of targeted legislative interventions, which have been proven to have an impact on crime, violence and binge drinking in other countries. 

We are working closely with the Western Cape Liquor Authority who has conducted hundreds of operations throughout this year to monitor compliance with the regulations and to crack down on illegal sales of liquor. 

In the past year, the Department of Community Safety has also funded two municipal K9 units in Swartland and in the City of Cape Town.  

The Department has also supported neighbourhood watches to improve their presence and visibility. During the lockdown, we supported 45 accredited neighbourhood watches to implement COVID-19 projects, by providing them with PPE and funding. Over the past year, the Department has accredited 87 neighbourhood watches and trained 15 accredited neighbourhood watch structures. 

I committed to scaling up the Chrysalis programme which has had such a phenomenal impact on many young people in this province. The programme was able to create ten youth hubs in Hanover Park, Khayelitsha, Harare, Nyanga, Samora Machel, Kraaifontein, Mitchells Plain, Mfuleni, Atlantis and Lavender Hill. Our Chrysalis graduates were also able to play a role in our communities, assisting with COVID-19 safety protocols and safety messaging. 

I will be making further announcements on safety plans and initiatives in my State of the Province Address on the 17th of February. We have achieved a great deal despite the difficulties we have faced this year, but our work is not done.  

This past year has been difficult, but it has also been a shining example of what this government can do when we set our minds to something, and what is possible when we work together as governments, communities, organisations and as individuals.