Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 28 June

As of 1pm on 28 June, the Western Cape has 15 822 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 60 195 confirmed cases and 42 636 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

60 195

Total recoveries

42 636

Total deaths

1 737

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

15 822

Tests conducted

296 308

Hospitalisations

  1787 with 322 in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

44 748

 34 451

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 5 818

 3 753

Central Karoo District Municipality

 22

 3

Garden Route District Municipality

915

386

Overberg District Municipality

1 038

541

West Coast District Municipality

1 345

835

Unallocated

6 309

2 667

Total

60 195

42 636

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

5 096

3 901

Southern

 5 315

4 035

Klipfontein

5 989

4 599

Mitchells Plain

5 150

3 910

Tygerberg

7 790

6 061

Khayelitsha

6 411

5 181

Eastern

5 340

3 939

Northern

3 657

2 825

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

44 748

34 451

Cape Winelands District Municipality

5 818

3 753

Breede Valley

1 424

824

Drakenstein

2 407

1 707

Langeberg

411

179

Stellenbosch

960

607

Witzenberg

616

436

Central Karoo District Municipality

22

3

Beaufort West

22

3

Laingsburg

0

0

Prince Albert

0

0

Garden Route District Municipality

915

386

Bitou

55

18

George

460

168

Hessequa

20

17

Kannaland

5

3

Knysna

142

89

Mossel Bay

175

68

Oudtshoorn

58

23

Overberg District Municipality

1 038

541

Cape Agulhas

47

27

Overstrand

555

268

Swellendam

48

23

Theewaterskloof

388

223

West Coast District Municipality

1 345

835

Bergriver

185

148

Cederberg

37

13

Matzikama

53

24

Saldanha Bay

561

322

Swartland

509

328

Unallocated

6 309

2 667

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 up and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas. 

Further note that the number of active cases reported in the daily update on Saturday 27 June was incorrect. The number of active cases for 27 June was 15 057.  We apologise for the error.

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

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 41 deaths, bringing the total number of Covid-19 related deaths in the province to 1 737. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

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Nosisi Jacobs asks people to be kind.

Nosisi’s story: “The experience at the isolation facility was a good one”

On 27 May, Nosisi Jacobs received the news that she had tested positive for Covid-19.  The 33-year-old mother of three from Langa was advised to isolate for 14 days. However, she could not isolate safely at her home and shared her concerns with her healthcare worker.

Fear of the stigma and discrimination in her community led her to seek assistance to isolate safely at a Western Cape Government Isolation facility. “I would stand at my window and see how people would walk by and look at my house, chatting, staring and pointing fingers. I realise now that it was the fear of the virus itself that made my community scared and that they never thought it would reach our community. But back then I felt scared and unsupported.”

Nosisi required further medical treatment and had to go to hospital before she could go to the isolation facility. On the day that she was collected from home by the ambulance, community members stood outside yelling and shouting. Nosisi spent a restless night at New Somerset Hospital without her children, aged four and six. The doctors at the hospital could see she was distressed and together with her doctor at Langa CHC, the doctors arranged for her children to isolate with their mother at the Lagoon Beach Isolation Facility.

“The experience at the isolation facility was a good one. We had to stay inside our room, but my children found it pleasant and comfortable. We were well taken care of and received three meals a day, and the necessary medical care.  I never felt alone or abandoned, at one stage my medication had run out, and the nurses on duty organised what I required with efficiency.  My children still talk about how beautiful the location was, as they didn’t want to come home!”

Nosisi says that by sharing her experience with her community, she has gained their support. “Now that I am home I am no longer afraid. My community can see that I am alive and well. Initially the fear of the unknown was what caused them to react the way they did. Now I am able to share my experience and they understand that anyone can get it, like me.”

Her message is simple: “We must support each other, because when you test positive, you need the support from your family and your community. Anyone can get Coronavirus. You never know who in your own life will be affected or infected next by this virus. Remember they are also scared. Be kind to those who get sick and offer to help them.”

The Western Cape Government’s quarantine and isolation facilities

Nosisi’s story demonstrates that quarantine and isolation facilities are safe and comfortable.

The Western Cape Government currently has 3 760 isolation and quarantine facility beds and will soon have an additional 4766 beds available. Our approach to activating these facilities is as follows:

  • Clients with severe symptoms, as well as those at high risk of Covid-19 morbidity and mortality are assessed for the need of hospitalisation.

  • Clients who are symptomatic and do not require hospitalization are offered Quarantine (with or without testing). Once the facility is filled, we then move to activate the next facility.

  • The same process is followed for isolation facilities (for those confirmed to have Covid-19).

The Western Cape Government is also adopting communication strategies to improve the occupancy rate of these facilities. This includes engagements with community leaders and public messaging, such as the dedicated show on Zibonele FM.

I again wish to call on residents in the Western Cape to make use of these facilities if you are unable to safely quarantine or isolate at home.

More than ever, we need to be compassionate, caring and reject discrimination when it occurs. Anyone can get infected and we all deserve to be treated with respect and kindness when battling this difficult illness.

To arrange to go to an isolation or quarantine facility, contact: