Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 17 November

As of 1pm on 17 November, the Western Cape has 4294 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 121 139 confirmed cases and 112 371 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

121 139

Total recoveries

112 371

Total deaths

4474

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

4294

Total number of tests

721 866

Hospital admissions 695 of which 126 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 83078

 77689

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13548

 12793

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1062

 981

Garden Route District Municipality

12591

10761

Overberg District Municipality

 3848

 3624

West Coast District Municipality

 4837

4504

Unallocated

2175

2019

Total

121 139

112 371

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

11313

 10487

Southern

 10909

 10138

Klipfontein

 9840

 9123

Mitchells Plain

 9372

 8828

Tygerberg

 13865

 13112

Khayelitsha

8658

8131

Eastern

11638

10853

Northern

7483

7017

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

83078

77689

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13548

12793

Breede Valley

3634

3451

Drakenstein

4664

4416

Langeberg

1226

1157

Stellenbosch

2306

2154

Witzenberg

1718

1615

Central Karoo District Municipality

1062

981

Beaufort West

881

811

Laingsburg

144

135

Prince Albert

37

35

Garden Route District Municipality

12591

10761

Bitou

921

702

George

4707

3892

Hessequa

406

370

Kannaland

148

145

Knysna

1921

1613

Mossel Bay

2807

2530

Oudtshoorn

1681

1509

Overberg District Municipality

3848

3624

Cape Agulhas

359

334

Overstrand

1825

1721

Swellendam

382

358

Theewaterskloof

1282

1211

West Coast District Municipality

4837

4504

Bergriver

533

495

Cederberg

187

176

Matzikama

794

704

Saldanha Bay

1539

1462

Swartland

1784

1667

Unallocated

2175

2019

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.  

Due to some technical issues experienced in updating the data dashboard today, the data reflected in this release may differ slightly from the data on the Western Cape Government's data dashboard. This is due to a time difference in the time at which the data was accessed.

The Western Cape has recorded additional 12 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4474 . We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

Data to inform our dignity and wellbeing interventions:

Today’s cabinet meeting was focused on dignity and wellbeing and we received presentations from the theme leads as well as each of the hotspot working groups looking at important focus areas including issues around the provision of meals, data on stunting and malnutrition, immunisations, literacy programmes and shelters for the homeless and victims of gender-based violence. 

We are still busy collecting and collating data in some of these areas, so that our interventions are evidence-led and the work that we do and the services we deliver are focused where they are needed most. 

Our data on the provision of food, indicates that in October over 346 000 meals were provided by state funded kitchens. A further 25 000 meals have been provided through a program launched by DEDAT to provide vouchers to community kitchens, which allows them to purchase supplies from local businesses and suppliers. Over 4.5 million meals have also been provided through the school feeding scheme. 

This is in addition to the work that the Department of Agriculture is doing as part of their One Home One Garden campaign, helping to establish food gardens that will help families supplement their food supply, with nutritious vegetables they grow themselves. 

In line with my commitment in my recovery speech that this government would place a strong focus on ECDs, we are also tracking ECD data. This sector has been deeply impacted by COVID-19 and the lockdown. These centres play an important role in our economy- creating jobs in communities for (mostly) women, while at the same time, creating safe spaces where parents can leave their children when they go off to work. 

Currently, only 45% of the number of pre-COVID ECD centres are operational in the province. Through the Department of Social Development, we have assisted 2849 ECDs with the PPE they need to keep children safe. However, there are many others who have indicated that they are not yet ready to open. 

This data will allow us to understand the work being done in this space, with a view to establishing a special consultative forum with key stakeholders in order to ensure that those who need it, are able to access ECD care for their children. 

The hotspot teams have also been tasked with identifying the groups and organisations in their respective hotspots aimed at building social cohesion. These include various sporting federations, NGOs and other community organisations who are working on the ground to improve dignity and wellbeing. 

Dignity and wellbeing encompasses many aspects of a person’s life, starting from before birth. Building dignity and wellbeing is a mammoth task and requires the support of all of our partners- including all spheres of government, civil society, businesses and individuals. Linking our work in the dignity and wellbeing space with our other priorities of jobs and safety, will help to ensure that we are able to improve the dignity, health and wellbeing of the people of this province, so that they can lead lives that they are proud of.