Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 4 September

As of 1pm on 4 September, the Western Cape has 3 058 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 105 697 confirmed cases and 98 689 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

105 697

Total recoveries

98 689

Total deaths

3 950

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

3 058

Tests conducted

487 455

Hospitalisations

754 with 178 in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 74 418

 69 766

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 12 204

 11 388

Central Karoo District Municipality

 682

 560

Garden Route District Municipality

9 128

8 248

Overberg District Municipality

 3 250

 3 052

West Coast District Municipality

 3 772

3 465

Unallocated

2 243

2 210

Total

105 697

98 689

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

9 251

 8 726

Southern

 9 530

8 872

Klipfontein

 9 085

 8 333

Mitchells Plain

 8 525

 8 000

Tygerberg

 1 3 143

 12 426

Khayelitsha

8 258

7 773

Eastern

10 030

9 384

Northern

6 596

6 252

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

74 418

69 766

Cape Winelands District Municipality

12 204

11 388

Breede Valley

3 304

3 080

Drakenstein

4 234

3 973

Langeberg

1 116

1 040

Stellenbosch

2 001

1 882

Witzenberg

1 549

1 413

Central Karoo District Municipality

682 560

Beaufort West

530

439

Laingsburg

130

107

Prince Albert

22

14

Garden Route District Municipality

9 128

8 248

Bitou

582

537

George

3 370

3 101

Hessequa

275

251

Kannaland

111

106

Knysna

1 380

1 281

Mossel Bay

2 182

2 010

Oudtshoorn

1 228

962

Overberg District Municipality

3 250

3 052

Cape Agulhas

272

252

Overstrand

1 539

1 460

Swellendam

292

261

Theewaterskloof

1 147

1 079

West Coast District Municipality

3 772

3 465

Bergriver

412

377

Cederberg

162

150

Matzikama

347

289

Saldanha Bay

1 349

1 265

Swartland

1 502

1 384

Unallocated

2 243

2 210

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. 

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

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 9 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3950. We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

*Note to members of the media: Going forward, we will no longer be releasing these updates on weekends. The data will be available on the online dashboard which is updated daily after 1pm.

Travel safety:

September is Tourism Month in South Africa, and the weekend is a good opportunity to support the Western Cape's attractions, restaurants and tourism businesses. Tourism is a major job creator in the province, and with many of these activities now allowed under alert level 2, I encourage those who are able to, to get out and support a local business. This must however be done safely and these safety tips can help to keep you safe and businesses open.

  1. If you feel unwell, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19- stay at home.
  2. Whether you're at home or out of town, the golden rules all still apply.
  3. Wear your mask whenever you are out in public, and if you are planning to overnight somewhere, or spend multiple days away, ensure that you have spare, clean masks or laundry detergent to wash them.
  4. If you're driving, make sure that you wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly before and after entering rest stops, shops or at petrol stations.
  5. If you are flying, minimize contact by checking in online and having your boarding pass sent to your smartphone. You will need to abide by all of the rules and screening procedures in place in airports and on flights, so give yourself enough time to do this.
  6. Wherever you are, whether you are queuing to enter an attraction or pay in a shop, or when choosing a table in a restaurant, ensure that there is a space of at least 1.5 metres between you and any other person.
  7. If you encounter a business which is not abiding by the rules, you can lodge a complaint.

Medicine deliveries:

At the start of the pandemic, the Department of Health in the Western Cape introduced an innovative idea to deliver medicines to patients at home. This would not only help protect vulnerable groups by ensuring that they could stay home, but it also played a role in de-congesting our healthcare facilities.

The deliveries to patients' homes are done by community healthcare workers in the area. Since the start of the project over 560 000 medicine parcels have been successfully delivered to patients across the province-ensuring that they can continue taking the necessary medications.

The medicines are delivered to stable, chronic, adult patients. The majority of patients receive medications for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, and hypertension, with some TB and HIV patients also receiving their treatment this way.

The community healthcare workers who deliver the parcels are also able to do COVID-19 and basic health screenings and refer people who may need further medical attention to the appropriate healthcare facility.

This is an innovation that contributes to the health and wellness of the people of this province and which the Department of Health intends to continue beyond COVID-19.