Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 12 July

As of 1pm on 12 July, the Western Cape has 16 063 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 77 476 confirmed cases and 59 070 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

77 476

Total recoveries

59 070

Total deaths

2 343

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

16 063

Total number of tests

350 961

Hospital admissions 1 627 of which 289 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 55 496

 44 939

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 8 358

 6 176

Central Karoo District Municipality

 85

 29

Garden Route District Municipality

2 701

1 223

Overberg District Municipality

 2 005

 1 241

West Coast District Municipality

 2 146

1 452

Unallocated

6 685

4 010

Total

77 476

59 070

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

6 566

 5 201

Southern

 6 747

 5 405

Klipfontein

 7 271

 5 842

Mitchells Plain

 6 249

 5 095

Tygerberg

 9 782

 7 882

Khayelitsha

7 185

6 191

Eastern

7 179

5 588

Northern

4 517

3 735

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

55 496

44 939

Cape Winelands District Municipality

8 358

6 176

Breede Valley

2 157

1 538

Drakenstein

3 166

2 496

Langeberg

717

463

Stellenbosch

1 432

1 030

Witzenberg

886

649

Central Karoo District Municipality

85

29

Beaufort West

78

27

Laingsburg

6

2

Prince Albert

1

0

Garden Route District Municipality

2 701

1 223

Bitou

172

74

George

1 283

642

Hessequa

43

27

Kannaland

31

13

Knysna

394

191

Mossel Bay

558

213

Oudtshoorn

220

63

Overberg District Municipality

2 005

1 241

Cape Agulhas

98

59

Overstrand

1 044

679

Swellendam

147

64

Theewaterskloof

716

439

West Coast District Municipality

2 146

1 452

Bergriver

238

188

Cederberg

62

39

Matzikama

129

52

Saldanha Bay

890

624

Swartland

827

549

Unallocated

6 685

4 010

Data note:  As the province moves closer to the peak and the Department of Health is recording over 1000 new cases daily, it is not possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new case is correct, within the time frames required to provide regular and timely updates. This means that in some instances, cases could be allocated to the wrong sub-districts. We are working with the sub-districts to clean and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas. 

More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 20 deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in the province to 2343. We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

Recoveries:

We are pleased that the Western Cape has recorded almost 60 000 recoveries since the first case of the coronavirus was detected in the province on 11 March.

The world is constantly learning and developing new knowledge about Covid-19 and how to manage this disease. The use of high flow nasal oxygen and of the steroid dexamethasone have emerged as very successful treatment of more severe cases. But despite the advancements in science and medicine which can help to save lives, the most basic rules of hand washing, hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing are still the most effective tools we have to prevent the spread of the virus.

Many who contract Covid-19 will experience mild symptoms which could include a sore throat, a fever, a loss of smell and taste, a cough, tiredness and body aches and pains. These can be treated at home, but the person must self-isolate for a period of 14 days to ensure that they do not pass on the virus to their loved ones, their colleagues or to people sharing a space with them on public transport or in other public places. 

Anyone who starts to experience trouble breathing or shortness of breath during this time, should seek out medical attention. People who fall into the high risk categories which include people over the age of 55, or those with underlying illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, HIV, or any heart, lung or kidney disease, should also monitor their symptoms closely and take extra precautions.

Others may never experience symptoms at all, and could have Covid-19 without ever knowing. This is why it is so vitally important that you continue to wash and sanitize your hands, regularly clean surfaces around your home and workplace, keep your distance from other people, and wear a clean, cloth mask even if you don't feel sick. 

Coronavirus will be with us for a long time still and staying home as much as possible, and abiding by the golden rules can help to keep you, and your loved ones safe.