Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 30 May

As of 1pm on 30 May, the Western Cape has 8480 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 19460 confirmed cases and 10 508 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

19460

Total recoveries

10508

Total deaths

472

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

8480

Hospital admissions 890 of which 189 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

16845 

 9471

Cape Winelands District Municipality

1259

 513

Central Karoo District Municipality

 4

 0

Garden Route District Municipality

187

97

Overberg District Municipality

 122

 51

West Coast District Municipality

 190

64

Unallocated

853

312

Total

19460

10508

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

1894

 1108

Southern

 2231

 1015

Klipfontein

 2395

 1244

Mitchells Plain

 1870

 1051

Tygerberg

 2930

 1779

Khayelitsha

2511

1588

Eastern

1807

999

Northern

1207

687

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

16845

9471

Cape Winelands District Municipality

1259

513

Breede Valley

219

52

Drakenstein

589

177

Langeberg

17

5

Stellenbosch

182

76

Witzenberg

252

203

Central Karoo District Municipality

4

0

Beaufort West

4

0

Laingsburg

0

0

Prince Albert

0

0

Garden Route District Municipality

187

97

Bitou

15

11

George

67

23

Hessequa

12

9

Kannaland

1

1

Knysna

53

28

Mossel Bay

30

22

Oudtshoorn

9

3

Overberg District Municipality

122

51

Cape Agulhas

8

2

Overstrand

44

26

Swellendam

12

6

Theewaterskloof

58

17

West Coast District Municipality

190

64

Bergriver

35

20

Cederberg

4

0

Matzikama

2

0

Saldanha Bay

71

15

Swartland

78

29

Unallocated

853

312

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

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 35 Covid-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 472. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Back to school:

On Monday, learners in Grades 7 and 12 will return to school as part of a phased process. The Department of Education in the Western Cape has put in place a number of safety measures to ensure that learners and school staff are protected. We understand that for many parents, and teachers, there will be concern and anxiety associated with this return.

The Department in the province has spent R280 million so far to procure PPE and cleaning materials including 2.4 million face masks, 7013 thermometers which will be used to screen staff and learners and schools daily, as well as millions of litres of disinfectant, hand sanitizers and soaps for cleaning and personal hygiene. Measures have been put in place to ensure social distancing in schools and the department is engaging with learner transport to ensure that this is also conducted safely.

Measures have also been put in place to accommodate learners and staff with underlying illnesses which might make them more vulnerable to infection.

The Department, principals, teachers and staff are all working hard to ensure that a return to school and to learning does not come with increased risk. During this time, we encourage parents to talk to their children about the return to school and how they can best protect themselves while at school. This includes discussions about regular handwashing, ensuring that distancing is practiced at all times, and that masks are worn correctly.

Resources and guidelines can be found at: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/back-school

Alert level 3:

On Monday, the whole country will also move to Alert level 3. We welcome the move because we are hyper-aware of the humanitarian crisis that has been a by-product of closing down large sections of the economy during the lockdown. The move to level 3 must be carefully managed which is why the Western Cape Government's targeted hotspot plan will continue in areas where infections are highest. This plan however requires the support and assistance of all residents of these hotspot areas and the rest of the province.

With the Western Cape peak of the virus anticipated for the end of June/ beginning of July- precautionary measures must be taken by every single person to protect themselves and their loved ones.

During a briefing last night by the National Health Minister Zweli Mkize and members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, we heard that 20% to 50% of infections are asymptomatic- with the carriers unknowingly spreading the virus. They also indicated that each person could potentially infect two other people. These two people could be our elderly parents, or loved ones with underlying illnesses who have a much higher risk of becoming seriously ill. Our own behaviour can stop this from happening and can save lives.

This virus is going to be with us for several more months and we need to adapt and change our behaviour. The world has changed and 'business as usual" must become a thing of the past. We must be rigourous about hygiene and handwashing. Social distancing and wearing of masks must become second nature and we must do these things instinctively. This is how we will be able to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus.