Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 21 October

As of 1pm on 21 October, the Western Cape has 3177 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 114 121 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 106 643  recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

114 121

Total recoveries

106 643

Total deaths

4301

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3177

Total number of tests

587 622

Hospital admissions

533 with 114 of these in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 79202

 73950

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13103

 12385

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1011

 905

Garden Route District Municipality

10584

9891

Overberg District Municipality

 3595

 3402

West Coast District Municipality

 4505

4116

Unallocated

2121

1994

Total

114121

106643

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

10341

 9518

Southern

 10295

 9395

Klipfontein

 9501

 8804

Mitchells Plain

 9009

 8492

Tygerberg

 13890

 13114

Khayelitsha

8455

8002

Eastern

10668

10001

Northern

7043

6624

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

79202

73950

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13103

12385

Breede Valley

3517

3370

Drakenstein

4544

4273

Langeberg

1191

1125

Stellenbosch

2193

2050

Witzenberg

1658

1567

Central Karoo District Municipality

1011

905

Beaufort West

834

739

Laingsburg

143

133

Prince Albert

34

33

Garden Route District Municipality

10584

9891

Bitou

659

627

George

3757

3506

Hessequa

344

315

Kannaland

0140

130

Knysna

1602

1543

Mossel Bay

2521

2386

Oudtshoorn

1561

1393

Overberg District Municipality

3595

3402

Cape Agulhas

311

288

Overstrand

1696

1612

Swellendam

357

346

Theewaterskloof

1231

1156

West Coast District Municipality

4505

4116

Bergriver

496

446

Cederberg

171

164

Matzikama

666

561

Saldanha Bay

1485

1366

Swartland

1687

1579

Unallocated

2121

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 five deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4301. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Western Cape surveillance teams closely monitoring "bushfires":

We note the statement issued today by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in which he notes that some provinces are seeing increases in infections, with a specific mention of the Western Cape only.   

We are also glad to hear that both him and his wife are recovering from COVID-19 and we wish them both a full recovery. 

As we outlined in our weekly digital press conference held last week, the province has seen an increase in the number of active cases over the past two weeks in certain areas, predominantly driven by certain super-spreader events and clusters of infections.  

We have also shared these stories publicly so that residents are fully informed about the continued risks, and to encourage high vigilance.  

We are indeed very concerned about the relaxed behaviours which we have seen which may have led to this increase in cases and we are not the only province experiencing this as reflected in the national data. 

The Western Cape Government continues to track our cases closely and it was through our surveillance efforts that we have been able to identify and manage clusters such as the one that emerged in the Southern suburbs and in other areas. 

The Department of Health's own definition of a resurgence is an increase of more than 20% in new cases over a seven-day period. The Western Cape has not recorded such an increase in the past seven days.  

The Western Cape Government's seven day “rolling average” of new cases indicates 1757 new cases recorded in the week to 19 October vs 1546 the previous week. This represents an increase of 13.65% in new cases in the seven-day period.  

With that said, any increase is a worry for us, and it has our government on full alert and responding. 

It is important to also note that many of the initial cases linked to the cluster have now recovered and the rate of new infections in the area is starting to decline. 

There is currently a lot of variability of the caseload week on week, and so we will have a much clearer picture of what is happening in the coming weeks. 

We will continue to provide our data to the National Department of Health as we do weekly and we always keep them informed of all changes. 

Where we have seen clusters of infections, we have been quick to act and to respond.  

We have however seen from experience in other countries that monitoring, and tracking is not enough to prevent a resurgence - we must all actively be working to slow the spread of this virus.  

Our behaviour is key to ensuring that we do not see a resurgence in cases.  

I therefore once again appeal to all of our residents to continue to take the necessary precautions: wear your mask, wash your hands, and ensure that you keep a distance between yourself and any other person. We also call on businesses and places where people are allowed to gather-including churches and government buildings to ensure that the necessary safety protocols are in place. 

I will continue to update you, as I have done weekly, on our data to always keep you fully informed.