Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 4 January

As of 1pm on 4 January, the Western Cape has 41 538 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 218 836 confirmed cases and 169 962 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

218 836

Total recoveries

169 962

Total deaths

7336

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

41 538

Total number of tests

1055578

Hospital admissions 3290 of which 356 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 140965

 111460

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 25768

 18854

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1869

 1478

Garden Route District Municipality

28133

24011

Overberg District Municipality

 9414

 6382

West Coast District Municipality

 8220

5990

Unallocated

4440

1762

Total

218809

169937

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

21956

 17408

Southern

 22992

 17149

Klipfontein

 13881

 11372

Mitchells Plain

 14197

 11481

Tygerberg

 22698

 17904

Khayelitsha

10925

9526

Eastern

20250

15837

Northern

14066

10783

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

140965

111460

Cape Winelands District Municipality

25768

18854

Breede Valley

6655

4790

Drakenstein

7750

5693

Langeberg

3178

2281

Stellenbosch

4507

3440

Witzenberg

3678

2650

Central Karoo District Municipality

1869

1478

Beaufort West

1494

1205

Laingsburg

189

154

Prince Albert

186

119

Garden Route District Municipality

28133

24011

Bitou

2374

1990

George

10295

9006

Hessequa

1291

943

Kannaland

544

382

Knysna

4291

3771

Mossel Bay

6179

5352

Oudtshoorn

3159

2567

Overberg District Municipality

9414

6382

Cape Agulhas

1175

782

Overstrand

3530

2464

Swellendam

1165

637

Theewaterskloof

3544

2499

West Coast District Municipality

8220

5990

Bergriver

951

648

Cederberg

394

266

Matzikama

1159

888

Saldanha Bay

2544

1919

Swartland

3172

2269

Unallocated

4440

1762

The Western Cape has recorded 146 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 7336.  We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Additional data is available on the Western Cape COVID-19 data dashboard which also features active cases per sub-district, active cases per 100 000 and 7-day moving averages. Access the data dashboard here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

Health care workers appointed:

Today, 79 new health care workers started work in various facilities across the metro and we continue working hard to source additional health care workers to bolster our frontline. The 79 are made up of 17 professional nurses, 19 staff nurses, 41 nursing assistants and 2 operational managers. 

This year’s new community service doctors are also being added to our staff complement. There will be staggered addition of staff during throughout this week and there is a system in place to coordinate appointments per region to ensure that staff are placed where required. 

I want to extend my appreciation to all of the health care workers who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic and extend a warm welcome to those who will be starting work with us this year.

Workplace safety:

Many people across the province returned to work today following the festive season break. As we do this, it is important that we keep safety at the top of mind.

You can protect yourself and your colleagues by:

-Staying home if you are not feeling well, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

-Wearing your mask correctly (covering your nose and mouth)

-Washing your hands regularly throughout the day

-Avoiding crowded areas such as communal eating areas and elevators

-Avoiding sharing office equipment. Where this is not possible, ensure that equipment is properly cleaned between uses.

-Keep windows and doors open to allow for the circulation of fresh air.

-Keep a distance of 1.5 metres from your co-workers.

-Wash or clean frequently touched items such as reception areas, counter tops, door handles and bathroom fixtures.