Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 26 October

As of 1pm on 26 October, the Western Cape has 3424 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 115 143 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 107 388 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

115 143

Total recoveries

107 388

Total deaths

4331

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3424

Total number of tests

655 423

Hospital admissions  542 with 109 of which  are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 79869

 74451

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 13159

 12416

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1016

 925

Garden Route District Municipality

10806

10025

Overberg District Municipality

 3647

 3408

West Coast District Municipality

 4586

4177

Unallocated

2060

1986

Total

115143

107388

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

10536

 9669

Southern

 10373

 9512

Klipfontein

 9558

 8835

Mitchells Plain

 9135

 8584

Tygerberg

 13904

 13117

Khayelitsha

8460

7994

Eastern

10770

10053

Northern

7133

6687

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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79869Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

79869

74451

Cape Winelands District Municipality

13159

12416

Breede Valley

3527

3376

Drakenstein

4566

4285

Langeberg

1197

1135

Stellenbosch

2202

2054

Witzenberg

1667

1566

Central Karoo District Municipality

1016

925

Beaufort West

840

759

Laingsburg

142

133

Prince Albert

34

33

Garden Route District Municipality

10806

10025

Bitou

679

637

George

3865

3545

Hessequa

350

325

Kannaland

145

135

Knysna

1630

1539

Mossel Bay

2543

2421

Oudtshoorn

1594

1423

Overberg District Municipality

3647

3408

Cape Agulhas

331

292

Overstrand

1716

1616

Swellendam

361

343

Theewaterskloof

1239

1157

West Coast District Municipality

4586

4177

Bergriver

507

458

Cederberg

175

166

Matzikama

698

583

Saldanha Bay

1497

1381

Swartland

1709

1589

Unallocated

115143

107388

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 4331.  We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Building on taxi industry partnership for Western Cape recovery:

The Red Dot Taxi service has been an important part of our response to COVID-19 in the province- creating a safe public transport system for our healthcare workers and for those being transported to and from our quarantine and isolation facilities. 

Since its launch, the service has completed over 110 000 health worker trips and over 11 400 Q and I trips. We worked with the taxi industry in the province to ensure that the service they offered was safe- with taxis being regularly sanitised, load numbers managed and a protective screen placed between drivers and passengers. 

The taxi industry have been valuable partners during this time, and the Western Cape Government, under the leadership of Minister of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela, continues to engage with the industry to build good working relations.

We are therefore very pleased that the Western Cape Government will once again partner with the industry on the Blue Dot service as part of our provincial recovery plan.

A working public transport system forms the backbone of an economy, allowing residents to get to and from work, school and economic opportunities in a way that is safe, affordable and reliable. The railway system has been allowed to fall into disarray by the national government and while we appreciate the announcement that the central railway line will be repaired, this may take months or even years. 

The Blue Dot Service will provide monthly incentives to taxi operators and drivers to provide good service and to operate safely. We will use technology and a five-star rating system to track performance against set targets. 

We intend to roll out the first phase in this financial year, using the Department of Transport and Public Works own resources. We will launch in the metro, in partnership with SANTACO, and work with up to 1000 drivers and operators on priority routes.

Two thirds of the province's commuters currently rely on taxis and the Blue Dot system will help us to improve the service commuters receive, and create a safer experience, while also supporting jobs in the industry.