Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 24 August

As of 1pm on 24 August, the Western Cape has 5 084 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 102 615 confirmed cases and 93 788  recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

102 615

Total recoveries

93 788

Total deaths

3 743

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

5 084

Tests conducted

469 953

Hospitalisations

1 019 with 203 in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 72 520

 66 913

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 11 933

 10 893

Central Karoo District Municipality

 608

 413

Garden Route District Municipality

8 577

7 267

Overberg District Municipality

 3 143

 2 944

West Coast District Municipality

 3 628

3 246

Unallocated

2 206

2 112

Total

102 615

93 788

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

8 986

 8 284

Southern

9 250

8 430

Klipfontein

8 890

8 090

Mitchells Plain

 8 269

7 662

Tygerberg

 12 896

11 962

Khayelitsha

8 102

7 571

Eastern

9 747

8 962

Northern

6 380

5 952

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

72 520

66 913

Cape Winelands District Municipality

11 933

10 893

Breede Valley 3 206

2 923

Drakenstein

4 163

3 819

Langeberg

1 103

1 000

Stellenbosch

1 974

1 830

Witzenberg

1 487

1 321

Central Karoo District Municipality

608

413

Beaufort West

469

338

Laingsburg

123

65

Prince Albert

16

10

Garden Route District Municipality

8 577

7 267

Bitou

557

490

George

3 226

2 856

Hessequa

268

210

Kannaland

100

78

Knysna

1 326

1 173

Mossel Bay

2 049

1 745

Oudtshoorn

1 051

715

Overberg District Municipality

3 143

2 944

Cape Agulhas

257

226

Overstrand

1 494

1 434

Swellendam

268

243

Theewaterskloof

1 124

1 041

West Coast District Municipality

3 628

3 246

Bergriver

396

357

Cederberg

155

137

Matzikama

317

251

Saldanha Bay

1 315

1 209

Swartland

1 445

1 292

Unallocated

2 206

2 112

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. 

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

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 17deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3743. We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

Return to school:

Many learners will return to schools across the Western Cape this week, joining grades 7 and 12 who had returned to learning earlier this month. We wish all the children well as they return to school and prepare for the remainder of the school year. We also thank all of the teachers, principals, school staff, and volunteers who have been on hand to ensure that the return to school is as safe as possible.

Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schäfer said: "There are just over 800 000 learners in the grades forming part of this week’s phased return to class. However, not all of these learners came back to class today. Each school has a unique Temporary Revised Education Plan to manage the 1.5m physical distance requirement, so grades are attending on alternate days, weeks, or using another model. A third of our schools had also previously notified the Head of Department that they would bring some grades back to class earlier than this week, so it isn’t the first day back for those learners.

Nonetheless, it is still a large number of learners, so we are very pleased with how things have proceeded today. 

This school year has been difficult for many learners and parents and we understand that there may still be fears associated with children returning to school. However, we also understand that many other parents are eager to see their children back in the classroom which provides a safe space for them in the day when parents are at work. We also know that the extended closure of our schools has had a significant impact on many learners, with the poorest, who may not have access to digital learning resources at home, impacted the hardest.

The return to school must be done safely and we encourage parents to have age-appropriate conversations with their children around the return to the classroom, hand washing, and mask-wearing. Children by nature will mimic common behaviours they see, so wearing your own mask, regularly washing your own hands and practicing social distancing when you are outside of the home, will encourage them to do the same.

Reopening of the economy:

We have seen more people returning to work this week- with many of our gyms reopening for the first time today. The reopening means that many people will be able to return to work in the fitness industry and I call on businesses, gyms, trainers, and clients to all take the utmost care to ensure that they reopen safely. 

We have to do all that we can to ensure that we support businesses at this time so that we can save jobs and reduce unemployment, hunger, and starvation.