Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 11 February

As of 1pm on 11 February, the Western Cape has 6 729 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 271 100 confirmed cases and 253 612 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

271 100

Total recoveries

253 612

Total deaths

10 759

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

6 729

Total number of tests

1 277 199

Hospital admissions 1 958 of which 383 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 173 234

 161 928

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 34 202

 31 790

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2 308

 2 110

Garden Route District Municipality

32 672

30 986

Overberg District Municipality

 12 560

 11 864

West Coast District Municipality

 12 718

11 647

Unallocated

3 406

3 287

Total

271 100

253 612

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

27 403

 25 965

Southern

 28 024

 26 313

Klipfontein

 16 238

 14 854

Mitchells Plain

 16 827

 15 587

Tygerberg

 28 680

 26 770

Khayelitsha

11 970

11 214

Eastern

25 179

23 495

Northern

18 913

17 730

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

173 234

161 928

Cape Winelands District Municipality

34 202

31 790

Breede Valley

8 521

7 910

Drakenstein

10 613

9 795

Langeberg

4 113

3 835

Stellenbosch

6 111

5 703

Witzenberg

4 844

4 547

Central Karoo District Municipality

2 308

2 110

Beaufort West

1 810

1 649

Laingsburg

252

231

Prince Albert

246

230

Garden Route District Municipality

32 672

30 986

Bitou

2 670

2 550

George

11 546

10 956

Hessequa

1 901

1 781

Kannaland

824

765

Knysna

4 743

4 543

Mossel Bay

7 177

6 910

Oudtshoorn

3 811

3 481

Overberg District Municipality

12 560

11 864

Cape Agulhas

1 575

1 455

Overstrand

4 780

4 526

Swellendam

1 676

1 584

Theewaterskloof

4 529

4 299

West Coast District Municipality

12 718

11 647

Bergriver

1 814

1 604

Cederberg

787

683

Matzikama

1 951

1 777

Saldanha Bay

3 709

3 432

Swartland

4 457

4 151

Unallocated

3 406

3 287

The Western Cape has recorded 28 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to10 759. 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

Western Cape continues to record declines in COVID-19 indicators:

For the fourth consecutive week, the Western Cape continues to register declines in all of our key Covid-19 indicators including the test positivity rate,  number of active infections, infections among healthcare workers and oxygen consumption. 

Two of the most important indicators- hospitalisations and deaths have also shown significant declines, registering 29% and 37% drops week on week respectively. The number of people hospitalised has dropped below the 2000 mark but we must not lose sight of the fact that nearly 2000 people are still hospitalised with this virus, with 383 of them in ICU or high care.

Key indicators show:

  • In the metro, cases have decreased by a further 36% over the past 7 days
  • In our rural districts, cases have declined by 39% over the past 7 days
  • The reproduction or "R number" remains below 1 and our test positivity rate has also declined
  • Data from our waste water treatment testing shows a decrease across most plants, with no SARS CoV-2 detected at 9 treatment plants
  • Our Hospital of Hope at Brackengate currently has 60 patients admitted, while the Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope has 52. Freesia and Ward 99 in Mitchells Plain have 21 patients, while Sonstraal currently has 29 admitted.
  • Combined oxygen consumption for hospitals in the public and private sector is currently at 58 tons per day. We will continue to monitor our usage over the coming weeks, but the situation has completely stablised since we peak at usage above 80 tons per day.
  • Healthcare worker infections have also stabilised, with 137 currently infected, compared with over 1000 at the peak of the second wave.

I am however disappointed that trauma data shows a spike in trauma admissions at five key hospitals in the province, just one week after alcohol sales were reopened. I once again appeal to residents to drink responsibly. Excessive, and irresponsible alcohol use contribute significantly to trauma such as car accidents, injuries and inter-personal violence. As a province, we are working to put in place smart, targeted interventions but we require citizens to play their part too.

I want to thank residents for the important role they have played by changing their behaviours. It has saved lives. I call on everyone to continue to do so. Until we have widespread vaccine rollout, we must act to protect ourselves and those around us. Mask wearing is mandatory and we should all be wearing them when out in public places. I also call on residents to continue to wash their hands and to avoid close contact, crowded places and confined spaces.