Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 12 January

As of 1pm on 12 January, the Western Cape has 41 285 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 242 450 confirmed cases and 192 683 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

242 450

Total recoveries

192 683

Total deaths

8482

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

41 285

Total number of tests

1121520

Hospital admissions 3482 of which 381 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 156195

 126040

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 29580

 22266

Central Karoo District Municipality

 2052

 1639

Garden Route District Municipality

30271

26016

Overberg District Municipality

 10976

 7924

West Coast District Municipality

 9962

6996

Unallocated

3414

1802

Total

242450

192683

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

24729

 19945

Southern

 25390

 20169

Klipfontein

 14825

 12250

Mitchells Plain

 15322

 12679

Tygerberg

 25536

 20323

Khayelitsha

11336

9987

Eastern

22632

17975

Northern

16425

12717

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

156195

126040

Cape Winelands District Municipality

29580

22266

Breede Valley

7538

5644

Drakenstein

9022

6635

Langeberg

3588

2763

Stellenbosch

5141

4020

Witzenberg

4291

3204

Central Karoo District Municipality

2052

1639

Beaufort West

1623

1322

Laingsburg

212

166

Prince Albert

217

151

Garden Route District Municipality

30271

26016

Bitou

2501

2179

George

10845

9591

Hessequa

1608

1127

Kannaland

655

459

Knysna

4507

4025

Mossel Bay

6711

5839

Oudtshoorn

3444

2796

Overberg District Municipality

10976

7924

Cape Agulhas

1374

992

Overstrand

4123

2981

Swellendam

1432

919

Theewaterskloof

4047

3032

West Coast District Municipality

9962

6996

Bergriver

1251

774

Cederberg

503

318

Matzikama

1463

1003

Saldanha Bay

2996

2198

Swartland

3749

2703

Unallocated

3414

1802

The Western Cape has recorded 163 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 8482. 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

Digicon update:

Earlier today I held my weekly digicon, where I gave an update on the COVID-19 situation in the province.

The full digicon can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=premier%20alan%20winde

There are early signs that we have entered our peak of the second wave in the province and our hospitalisations and mortality data reflect the significant pressure we are currently experiencing. 

In the metro, our case data continues to be affected by the festive season public holidays and a change in our testing criteria. However, we believe that it is a good sign at this stage that cases are not increasing but have decreased slightly by 1%.

More reliable data such as the test positivity rate has dropped from a peak of 50%, to around 35% on 7 January. 

As at 7 January, we had recorded a 26% drop in hospitalisations as well. We have seen this tick up again over the past few days and we are watching closely to determine whether this is a trend.

In our rural areas, we are also starting to see case numbers stabilise although we are still seeing increases in the West Coast and in the Central Karoo as they have experienced later surges. In the Garden Route, we continue to see numbers on a downward trajectory.

We are cautiously optimistic that the second wave is starting to stabilise. This does not however mean that we are starting to see a decline yet and we must continue to take precautions to keep ourselves safe.

Our hospitals are still experiencing significant pressure. Our metro hospitals have an average occupancy of 93%, the George drainage area 61, Paarl drainage area 74% and Worcester drainage area at 73%.

Our Hospital of Hope at Brackengate has 305 patients admitted, Freesia and Ward 99 have 67 patients, Sonstraal currently has 60 patients admitted and the Hospital of Hope in Mitchells Plain has 92 patients.

Our Department of Health is working around the clock to ensure that at all times, we have an adequate supply of beds, staff, and oxygen to provide the care people need. 

Our hospitals and health care workers are working under extreme pressure to ensure that every person who needs a bed and care has access to one but we all have a role to play in ensuring that we relieve that pressure. We must wear our masks, wash our hands, keep our distance, avoid close contact and crowded spaces. This is the right thing to do to protect ourselves, and others and to ensure that our hospitals do not reach a point where they become overwhelmed.