Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 12 November

As of 1pm on 12 November, the Western Cape has 3 624 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 119 141confirmed COVID-19 cases and 111 087 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

119 141

Total recoveries

111 087

Total deaths

4 430

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3 624

Tests conducted

707 402

Hospitalisations

634 of which 130 are in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 82 094

 76 867

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13 439

 12 693

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1 043

975

Garden Route District Municipality

11 851

10 528

Overberg District Municipality

 3 803

 3 572

West Coast District Municipality

 4 782

4 445

Unallocated

2 129

2 007

Total

119 141

111 087

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

11 076

 10 299

Southern

 10 745

 10 003

Klipfontein

 9 748

 9 042

Mitchells Plain

 9 319

 8 755

Tygerberg

13 741

 12 997

Khayelitsha

8 616

8 089

Eastern

11 497

10 755

Northern

7 352

6 927

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

82 094

76 867

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13 439

12 693

Breede Valley

3 612

3 415

Drakenstein

4 637

4 391

Langeberg

1 211

1 152

Stellenbosch

2 274

2 132

Witzenberg

1 705

1 603

Central Karoo District Municipality

1 043

975

Beaufort West

864

805

Laingsburg

143

135

Prince Albert

36

35

Garden Route District Municipality

11 851

10 528

Bitou

825

688

George

4 371

3 775

Hessequa

389

351

Kannaland

148

144

Knysna

1 788

1 585

Mossel Bay

2 672

2 492

Oudtshoorn

1 658

1 493

Overberg District Municipality

3 803

3 572

Cape Agulhas

356

325

Overstrand

1 802

1 695

Swellendam

377

354

Theewaterskloof

1 268

1 198

West Coast District Municipality

4 782

4 445

Bergriver

530

491

Cederberg

183

175

Matzikama

774

684

Saldanha Bay

1 527

1 451

Swartland

1 768

1 644

Unallocated

2 129

2 007

Data note: It is not always possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new recorded 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.  

The Western Cape has recorded additional 15 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4430 . We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

Garden Route bushfires: 

Over the past seven days, the Western Cape has seen a 20% increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases-primarily driven by increases being recorded in the Garden Route District. We are particularly concerned about the increase in the number of cases in George, Knysna and Bitou, where the test positivity rate is around 32%.   

Our hotspot teams are working closely with health teams, the municipalities, environmental health officers, law enforcement and SAPS in order to manage and contain the spread of infections. We have also targeted communication to the Garden Route- with SMS and social media messaging.  

As with previous bushfires in other areas of the province, we are working hard to manage this flare up and ensure that it does not spread further. 

I must appeal to residents in the Garden Route and across the Western Cape to make safe, smart choices to protect themselves and others at this time.   

In the bushfires that we have responded to over the past few weeks- relaxed behaviours have played a part in increased spread of infections. We must still wear our masks in public, regularly and thoroughly wash our hands and keep a distance. We also appeal to residents to avoid the 3Cs: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact.   

The Western Cape has also observed a slight increase in the number of hospitalisations in the province, and in the Garden Route. We currently have a total of 74 hospital admissions in the Garden Route (Covid positive and persons under investigation), with15 of these in critical care. 

Overall, our healthcare services platform is still managing well, even with increasing admissions for other healthcare concerns. Our rural hospitals are currently reporting 75% occupancy, and our metro hospitals have a 77% occupancy rate- of which only 4% are Covid-19 admissions.  

The Hospital of Hope at Brackengate has 42 patients admitted, and Sonstraal has one Covid-19 admission, and 12 admissions for TB, as the Western Cape Government is focusing on ramping up TB care services in the province. Our oxygen usage in the province remains stable at 35% of total availability. 

Testing update:   

The Western Cape continues to use the expanded testing criteria for testing and lab turn-around times have remained stable. In the week between 2 and 8 November, a total of 9167 tests were conducted in the province.  

I am also pleased to announce that rapid antigen testing is now available at the Cape Town International Airport for those travelers who have arrived without having had a Covid-19 test. This provides us with an additional surveillance tool and is well timed to coincide with the positive announcement last night that the international travel “red list” would be scrapped in favour of compliance with health protocols which include a negative Covid-19 test not older than 72 hours.  

Our hotspot management system has proven to be effective in identifying and managing flare ups where they occur. We also continue to monitor and track infection data using a number of surveillance methods, including wastewater testing.  

We call on residents and businesses to partner with us to ensure that we are able to effectively slow the spread of the virus in the province, in order for us to move forward, and focus on important aspects of our recovery such as jobs, safety and dignity and wellbeing.