Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 19 October

As of 1pm on 19 October, the Western Cape has 3283 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 113 755 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 106 184 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

113 755

Total recoveries

106 184

Total deaths

4288

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3283

Tests conducted

582 309

Hospitalisations

516 with 110 of these in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 78998

73707 

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13071

 12328

Central Karoo District Municipality

1004

894

Garden Route District Municipality

10530

9811

Overberg District Municipality

 3575

 3393

West Coast District Municipality

 4476

4057

Unallocated

2101

1994

Total

113755

106184

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

10222

 9392

Southern

 10433

 9515

Klipfontein

 9448

 8760

Mitchells Plain

 8859

 8354

Tygerberg

 13853

 13069

Khayelitsha

8445

7989

Eastern

10626

9957

Northern

7112

6671

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

78998

73707

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13071

12328

Breede Valley

3513

3361

Drakenstein

4530

4245

Langeberg

1186

1120

Stellenbosch

2186

2040

Witzenberg

1656

1562

Central Karoo District Municipality

1004

894

Beaufort West

828

729

Laingsburg

142

132

Prince Albert

34

33

Garden Route District Municipality

10530

9811

Bitou

658

619

George

3735

3484

Hessequa

341

314

Kannaland

136

123

Knysna

1593

1524

Mossel Bay

2510

2381

Oudtshoorn

1557

1366

Overberg District Municipality

3575

3393

Cape Agulhas

308

287

Overstrand

1689

1610

Swellendam

356

342

Theewaterskloof

1222

1154

West Coast District Municipality

4476

4057

Bergriver

493

439

Cederberg

171

164

Matzikama

659

538

Saldanha Bay

1476

1351

Swartland

1677

1565

Unallocated

2101

1994

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 6 deaths,  bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4288. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

The golden rules of hygiene remain our best defense against COVID-19:

The Western Cape Government continues to track COVID-19 infections and all of the data available to us. Despite some recent bushfires, resulting in increased infections in some areas, the recovery rate in the province is around 93%. Our hospitalisation and death data also continues to remain stable.

It is important that we all continue to do everything we can to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. The recent incidents we have experienced in some areas in the province must serve as a caution that we cannot let our guard down. Simple behavioural changes can help us to slow the spread of the virus- washing your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water, or cleaning them with sanitiser, the correct wearing of a mask and practicing social distancing are the best defense we have against the virus until such time as a vaccine is found and made widely available.

Masks must be worn correctly- covering both the nose and the mouth. They must also be put on and removed with clean hands, and washed daily. 

When you are out in public places or around other people, social distancing remains important. Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and any other person, and do not frequent places or businesses where large crowds are allowed to gather and where ventilation is poor. 

The citizens of this province have been remarkable in helping us to fight this virus, and I understand that there is some Covid fatigue. I however appeal to everyone to continue to fight with us to ensure that we protect ourselves and our loved ones, and allow for us all to move forward safely.

Safety interventions show early results:

When the Western Cape Government launched its safety plan last year, we committed to deploying law enforcement officers in the areas where they are most needed, in order to make communities safer.

COVID-19 had an impact on some of our plans and our timelines, but we have recently re-launched our LEAP officers in Hanover Park, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Bishop Lavis and in Delft.

We are pleased to report that no shooting incidents have been reported in Hanover Park since 60 LEAP officers were deployed there last week.

These early positive results are a reflection of the positive impact that increasing law enforcement resources on the ground can have on safety in communities. The LEAP officers are working with SAPS in the areas where they are deployed in order to create safer communities.

I call on residents to support the police and the law enforcement officers working in their communities so that they can continue to address crime and make a real and tangible difference in the lives of our citizens.