Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 27 May

As of 1pm on 27 May, the Western Cape has 7 660 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 16 551 confirmed cases and 8 504 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

16 551

Total recoveries

8 504

Total deaths

387

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

7 660

Total number of tests                                      

133 489

Hospital admissions

660 of which 182 are in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 14 554

 7 793

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 932

410

Central Karoo District Municipality

2 0

Garden Route District Municipality

178 85

Overberg District Municipality

99 37

West Coast District Municipality

 134

49

Unallocated

652

130

Total

16 551

8 504

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

1705

 932

Southern

 1967

 762

Klipfontein

 2071

 1004

Mitchells Plain

 1613

 861

Tygerberg

 2553

 1497

Khayelitsha

2150

1331

Eastern

1464

843

Northern

1031

563

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

14 554

7 793

Cape Winelands District Municipality

932

410

Breede Valley

140

40

Drakenstein

412

116

Langeberg

12

4

Stellenbosch

137

56

Witzenberg

231

194

Central Karoo District Municipality

2

0

Beaufort West

2

0

Laingsburg

0

0

Prince Albert

0

0

Garden Route District Municipality

178

85

Bitou

14

6

George

65

22

Hessequa

12

9

Kannaland

1

1

Knysna

47

22

Mossel Bay

29

22

Oudtshoorn

10

3

Overberg District Municipality

99

37

Cape Agulhas

6

2

Overstrand

38

19

Swellendam

10

6

Theewaterskloof

45

10

West Coast District Municipality

134

49

Bergriver

28

13

Cederberg

2

0

Matzikama

2

0

Saldanha Bay

49

12

Swartland

53

24

Unallocated

652

130

 

Additional data can be found on the dashboard at www.westerncape.gov.za/coronavirus.

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 30 Covid-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 387. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this time.

Quarantine and isolation facilities:

Earlier today, Minister of Transport and Public Works Bonginkosi Madikizela and I had the opportunity to visit a 300 bed quarantine and isolation facility which has been furnished and donated by Old Mutual.

Facilities such as these are important in the response to Covid-19 as they allow for people who don’t need medical treatment, but do not have the space or the means to self-isolate and quarantine at home, to do so in a space that is safe and comfortable.

To date, 1337 people have been admitted to isolation and quarantine sites across the province. As at 25 May, there were 325 people in designated isolation facilities (282 in the Cape Metro and 43 in Rural) and 137 in quarantine facilities (34 persons in Cape Metro and 103 persons in Rural Districts).

As we move closer towards the peak in the province, the need for quarantine and isolation space will escalate drastically. The Western Cape Government has activated or is in the process of activating over 3500 quarantine and isolation beds with several thousand more in the pipeline.

We thank Old Mutual for their generous donation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Isolation and quarantine facilities are just one aspect of our health systems preparedness as the province has also started work on temporary hospital facilities such as the CTICC and built 19 testing and triage centres at hospital across the province. We have put out a call for volunteers with medical experience and have placed orders for necessary medical equipment including PPE and ventilators.

Level 3 from 1 June:

I welcome the clarity provided by National Health Minister Zweli Mkhize today regarding the move to level 3. Minister Mkhize confirmed that the entire country will move down to level 3 on 1 June.

The Western Cape Government is mindful that the lockdown has placed severe pressure on the people of this province, and created a massive need for humanitarian assistance and relief. A move to level 3 will allow more people to return to work, and allow them to put food on the table for their families. It will however, also require increased vigilance from every single person to ensure that they are protecting themselves and their loved ones.

The Western Cape Government is implementing its targeted hotspot strategy in the areas where the highest numbers of infections occur. This whole of government response, will also require co-operation from all residents and from business, community groups, NGOs and civil society to ensure that it is successful.

Level 3 will require us to act with greater consideration for our own safety and the safety of those around us. Hygiene measures such as washing our hands regularly and keeping workspaces clean, and coughing into a tissue or your arm remain of utmost importance. We must still stay home as much as possible and avoid large gatherings. Always keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from any other person and wear a clean, cloth mask when outside of the home. If you feel sick or unwell, stay at home. These measures have the ability to significantly flatten the curve of infection if everyone commits to them.