Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 23 June

As of 1pm on 23 June, the Western Cape has 13 444 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 52 178 confirmed cases and 37 234 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

52 178

Total recoveries

37 234

Total deaths

1 500

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

13 444

Tests conducted

274 649

Hospitalisations

1 653 with 326 in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

40 434

 30 591

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 4 974

 3 068

Central Karoo District Municipality

 9

 2

Garden Route District Municipality

684

316

Overberg District Municipality

823

422

West Coast District Municipality

1 167

649

Unallocated

4 087

2 186

Total

52 178

37 234

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

4 637

3 482

Southern

 4 681

3 502

Klipfontein

5 462

4 008

Mitchells Plain

4 588

3 465

Tygerberg

7 148

5 459

Khayelitsha

5 881

4 763

Eastern

4 684

3 438

Northern

3 353

2 474

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

40 434

30 591

Cape Winelands District Municipality

4 974

3 068

Breede Valley

1 132

644

Drakenstein

2 156

1 425

Langeberg

300

106

Stellenbosch

829

510

Witzenberg

557

383

Central Karoo District Municipality

9

2

Beaufort West

9

2

Laingsburg

0

0

Prince Albert

0

0

Garden Route District Municipality

684

316

Bitou

37

17

George

348

135

Hessequa

21

17

Kannaland

3

2

Knysna

120

81

Mossel Bay

113

47

Oudtshoorn

42

17

Overberg District Municipality

823

422

Cape Agulhas

36

26

Overstrand

444

200

Swellendam

36

18

Theewaterskloof

307

178

West Coast District Municipality

1 167

649

Bergriver

172

123

Cederberg

34

11

Matzikama

42

15

Saldanha Bay

452

245

Swartland

467

255

Unallocated

4 087

2 186

Data note:  As the province moves closer to the peak and the Department of Health is recording over 1000 new cases daily, it is not possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new 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. 

More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 76 deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in the province to 1500. We send our condolences to their families and friends at this time.

Suburb data updated:

The Western Cape Government has provided updated suburb and town data on its dashboard for download. This data is approximately 85% complete is approximately 80-85% accurate. We release this data in the interests of transparency and to give residents a picture of how the virus is progressing in the areas in which they live. This information should be used by residents to arm themselves with knowledge and should not be used to cause fear, or stigma. Anyone can get infected by Covid-19 and we must remember to be kind and compassionate to those who fall ill.

Unemployment statistics:

The StatsSA Quarterly Labour Force  survey, released today, shows that unemployment in South Africa has reached over 30 percent, with 38 000 jobs lost in the country in the first quarter of this year.

While the Western Cape did record the lowest unemployment rate of 20.9% in the country, we must bear in mind that these statistics only cover the period January to March, and do not include the extended lock down period which has had a major impact on businesses and jobs in the Western Cape and across the country. We are facing a serious humanitarian crisis as more and more people lose their jobs.

This is why it is important that the economy be allowed to re-open in the safest way possible. Preserving people's jobs and livelihoods must be carefully balanced with our need to control the spread of the coronavirus. Businesses who are operating must be doing so safely, with the utmost care for their staff and their clientele. This includes implementing strict hygiene and sanitation, and ensuring that staff and customers are able to practice social distancing. 

Covid-19 is going to be with us for many months to come, and we will need to be careful even after the country has reached its peak. Putting extra measures in place now will help to protect your business, your staff and your customers in the long run. The Western Cape is working hard to support business so that this happens.