Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde 13 October

As of 1pm on 13 October, the Western Cape has 2701 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 112 318 confirmed cases and 105 347 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

112 318

Total recoveries

105 347

Total deaths

4270

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2701

Total number of tests

568 239

Hospital admissions

494 with 111 of these in ICU or high care 

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

78 029

73 177

Cape Winelands District Municipality

12 955

12 248

Central Karoo District Municipality

981

 866

Garden Route District Municipality

10 320

9 672

Overberg District Municipality

3 513

3 359

West Coast District Municipality

4 393

3 948

Unallocated

2 127

2 077

Total

112 318

105 347

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

9 980

9 271

Southern

10 212

9 415

Klipfontein

9 379

8 721

Mitchells Plain

 8 794

8 302

Tygerberg

13 720

12 977

Khayelitsha

8 423

7 976

Eastern

10 515

9 911

Northern

7 006

6 604

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

78 029

73 177

Cape Winelands District Municipality

12 955

12 248

Breede Valley

3 506

3 350

Drakenstein

4 470

4 214

Langeberg

1 181

1 107

Stellenbosch

2 150

2 028

Witzenberg

1 648

1 549

Central Karoo District Municipality

981

866

Beaufort West

805

703

Laingsburg

142

132

Prince Albert

34

31

Garden Route District Municipality

10 320

9 672

Bitou

646

611

George

3 672

3 458

Hessequa

332

309

Kannaland

131

122

Knysna

1 575

1 505

Mossel Bay

2 448

2 319

Oudtshoorn

1 516

1 348

Overberg District Municipality

3 513

3 359

Cape Agulhas

301

278

Overstrand

1 652

1 592

Swellendam

356

337

Theewaterskloof

1 204

1 152

West Coast District Municipality

4 393

3 948

Bergriver

479

425

Cederberg

170

164

Matzikama

631

484

Saldanha Bay

1 448

1 330

Swartland

1 665

1 545

Unallocated

2 146

2 078

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 an additional 15 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4270. We send our condolences to their families and friends at this time.

Cabinet meetings adapt to focus on recovery:

Yesterday, the country observed 200 days since the lockdown first started in this country. Throughout this period, we have held regular, extended cabinet meetings which have included representatives from the City of Cape Town, all our district municipalities as well as SAPS and law enforcement. These meetings, initially held daily, allowed us to get daily updates on the work being done in the respective work streams, and to tackle issues as they unfolded. Over the past few months, we have continued to hold  regular meetings where we  receive updates from the Department of Health and from all of our hotspot teams. 

These meetings have been invaluable in ensuring a coordinated and effective response to the COVID-19 crisis in the province. As we turn our attention to our recovery, cabinet today agreed on a different format for our extended cabinet meetings. We will still continue to work closely with municipalities and law enforcement, but each week's meeting will now focus on a specific area- working in a cycle of five areas including: the health response which will include the regular hotspot updates, jobs, safety, dignity and wellbeing, and transversal issues such as infrastructure and ICT.

This will allow us to concentrate on each of the focus areas we have identified for our COVID-19 recovery- jobs, safety and dignity and well-being and creating the space for each of the teams tasked with implementing strategies and programmes in these areas, to report back on the progress they have made, while at the same time still providing regular updates on the COVID-19 response in the province.

I believe that the close working relationship we have developed with local government, disaster management, and law enforcement over the past six months, has contributed significantly to the world class response the Western Cape has provided throughout the pandemic so far. I thank all of  my members of cabinet, municipal representatives, government officials and the leadership of SAPS and the City's law enforcement, for their attendance, and their contributions in these meetings, and I look forward to similar robust engagements and informative inputs as we move forward with our recovery phase.

Taking responsibility so we can all move forward:

As we move forward, we must remain vigilant as COVID-19 is still with us and will be a part of our lives for many more months to come, until a vaccine is available. This requires all of us to take personal responsibility so that we can protect ourselves and others. The Western Cape has worked hard to put our health response in place and has lobbied for the safe re-opening of business. As individuals, we can play our part by ensuring that we continue to stick by the golden rules of infection prevention: wear your mask, wash your hands and practise social distancing.

If you visit a mall, a shop, a restaurant or any other business, and you find that they are not adhering to safety protocols because they are too full, not properly ventilated or other patrons are not wearing masks, don't stay. Rather support a business that puts your safety and the wellbeing of its staff first.

Businesses must also take responsibility and ensure that they have put the appropriate safety measures in place, and that they are operating within the regulations. 

If we all take responsibility now, we can protect ourselves, our loved ones and those around us, allow for businesses to continue to operate and people to work and earn a living. We are not out of the woods yet, and we must all work together to ensure that we slow the spread of COVID-19.