Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 19 November

As of 1pm on 19 November, the Western Cape has 4901  active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 122 322 confirmed cases and 112 920 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

122 322

Total recoveries

112 920

Total deaths

4501

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

4901

Total number of tests

730 133

Hospital admissions 765 of which 157 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 83621

 77995

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13631

 12840

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1068

 983

Garden Route District Municipality

13007

10893

Overberg District Municipality

 3871

 3644

West Coast District Municipality

 4867

4540

Unallocated

2257

2025

Total

122322

112920

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

11436

 10561

Southern

 11030

 10194

Klipfontein

 9880

 9141

Mitchells Plain

 9416

 8849

Tygerberg

 14061

 13254

Khayelitsha

8686

8155

Eastern

11688

10882

Northern

7424

6959

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

83621

77995

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13631

12840

Breede Valley

3649

3457

Drakenstein

4680

4428

Langeberg

1241

1159

Stellenbosch

2336

2173

Witzenberg

1725

1623

Central Karoo District Municipality

1068

983

Beaufort West

885

811

Laingsburg

144

136

Prince Albert

39

36

Garden Route District Municipality

13007

10893

Bitou

982

722

George

4860

3970

Hessequa

425

372

Kannaland

151

145

Knysna

2010

1632

Mossel Bay

2883

2535

Oudtshoorn

1696

1517

Overberg District Municipality

3871

3644

Cape Agulhas

363

338

Overstrand

1833

1730

Swellendam

381

363

Theewaterskloof

1294

1730

West Coast District Municipality

4867

4540

Bergriver

539

504

Cederberg

188

177

Matzikama

800

716

Saldanha Bay

1543

1466

Swartland

1797

1677

Unallocated

2257

2025

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 4486 . We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time. 

Garden Route hotspot update and being safe this festive season: 

Earlier today, I held my weekly digicon where we outlined the work that we are doing on the Garden Route to manage COVID-19, which has spiked considerably in the region in recent weeks. 

Over the past four weeks, we have noted a consistent increase in the number of cases of Covid19 on the Garden Route. We have also started to see hospital admissions begin to increase, with deaths now starting to show early signs of an increase in the Garden Route. 

Cases have increased especially in George, Knysna, Thembalethu, Plettenberg Bay, Pacaltsdorp and Mossel Bay. 

As of yesterday, active cases per 100 000 people stood at: 

Hessequa-43 

Mossel Bay -229 

George-319 

Knysna-Bitou-347/282 

Oudtshoorn-60 

There are currently 159 people hospitalised in the region in both private and public care, and 26 in critical care. 

These include: 

-Hessequa:3 

-Mossel Bay: 30 with 4 in critical care 

-George: 75 with 16 in critical care 

-Knysna/Bitou: 34 

-Oudtshoorn: 17 and 2 in critical care 

Our teams in the Garden Route are working hard to manage the outbreak, through community screening, increased testing, contact tracing and communications campaigns. We need residents to support these efforts by taking simple safety precautions. 

I am also deeply concerned that over 760 people in the province are now hospitalised with COVID-19, having reached a low of under 500 in September.  

Last month, I asked the people of this province to commit to a deal: the provincial government will continue to work hard on our recovery plan and to win back those jobs that have been lost. In return, we ask only that our citizens stay safe and flatten the curve. 

The Western Cape Department of Health questionnaire asks people who have tested positive for the virus where they think they got it from in a bid to track trends and clusters. 77% did not know where they had got it from, but of the 23% who did, the majority (42%) said they had contracted it at a social event or from a friend, and 35% said at home or from a family member. 

This points to the fact that social gatherings are the most likely cause of infection. With the festive season approaching, we must ensure that we make the safe choices that will protect ourselves and our families. 

We know that over the next few weeks, people will be moving around more- traveling across the province and between provinces for the festive season, holding end of year parties, spending time with family over Christmas, and celebrating the New Year. We will also be closely monitoring events like Matric Rage, which is traditionally held on the Garden Route, and which is a major drawcard for thousands of matrics looking to celebrate the end of their school career.  

The Garden Route hotspot team and the Department of Health will be looking to ensure that events are compliant with regulations and safety protocols. 

While the Garden Route is a provincial hotspot right now, we are seeing small increases in cases in other areas across the province as well and we should all be taking precautions. 

In the next week, we will also see a number of Black Friday sales, which have the potential to attract large crowds or become a super-spreader event unless carefully handled and managed. We know that many residents face extreme economic pressure at the moment, and the prospect of large savings is compelling. We also know that many retailers and businesses have had a tough year and will be looking to maximise their sales. 

We therefore call on retailers to put in place measures that assist in managing crowds- either by extending the number of days that the discounts are available and trading hours, and by conducting sales online. Shoppers are requested to wear their masks, sanitise their hands and keep their distance to minimise their risk of contracting COVID-19. 

Over the next few days, the Department of Economic Development will be meeting with major retailers, and the property management companies for the major shopping centres, to discuss risk management strategies, as well as the consequences of non-compliance of the COVID-19 safety measures. 

We appeal to residents to take precautions to keep safe by simply complying with the five golden rules of hygiene, and avoiding the 3 Cs: crowded places, confined spaces and close contact. We also appeal to businesses to comply with the regulations, and to ensure that they have systems in place to protect their staff and their customers. 

Until a vaccine is widely available, we must act responsibly so that we can protect the vulnerable, stay safe and move forward.