Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 6 January

As of 1pm on 6 January, the Western Cape has 37 984 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 224 262 confirmed cases and 178 595 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

224 262

Total recoveries

178 595

Total deaths

7683

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

37 984

Total number of tests

1069544

Hospital admissions 3225 of which 343 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 144832

 116996

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 26552

 20282

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1921

 1540

Garden Route District Municipality

28770

24832

Overberg District Municipality

 9733

 6993

West Coast District Municipality

 8580

6363

Unallocated

3846

1563

Total

224234

178569

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

22591

 18340

Southern

 23668

 18210

Klipfontein

 14140

 11727

Mitchells Plain

 14476

 11965

Tygerberg

 23388

 18837

Khayelitsha

11036

9744

Eastern

20915

16678

Northern

14618

11495

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

144832

116996

Cape Winelands District Municipality

26552

20282

Breede Valley

6833

5142

Drakenstein

8011

6036

Langeberg

3266

2510

Stellenbosch

4636

3686

Witzenberg

3806

2908

Central Karoo District Municipality

1921

1540

Beaufort West

1535

1255

Laingsburg

192

157

Prince Albert

194

128

Garden Route District Municipality

28770

24832

Bitou

2405

2058

George

10474

9238

Hessequa

1380

1071

Kannaland

580

435

Knysna

4351

3861

Mossel Bay

6326

5535

Oudtshoorn

3254

2634

Overberg District Municipality

9733

6993

Cape Agulhas

1211

866

Overstrand

3635

2680

Swellendam

1220

741

Theewaterskloof

3667

2706

West Coast District Municipality

8580

6363

Bergriver

992

684

Cederberg

413

283

Matzikama

1212

928

Saldanha Bay

2691

2019

Swartland

3272

2449

Unallocated

3846

1563

The Western Cape has recorded 154 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 7683.  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

Visit to Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope:

Earlier today I had the opportunity to visit the Mitchells Plain Hospital of Hope, where 200 intermediate care beds are being made available for COVID-19 patients.

The first 100 of these beds have been activated, and I was also able to see progress on the next ward which is due to open next week. A fourth ward will be completed the week after that.

I also had an opportunity to address some of the health care workers there and thank them for the incredible work that they are doing. 

In addition to caring for COVID-19 patients, the multidisciplinary team has also been hard at work ensuring that patients who had previously been in the Aquarius ward were placed in appropriate care in other facilities, setting up the remaining wards and appointing additional health care workers.

This facility was set up in just nine days, in the existing Aquarius wards. Each bed has been fitted with an oxygen point, and oxygen storage tanks have been placed on site. 

Infection control measures have also been put in place: sufficient stocks of PPE are available for frontline workers, curtains in the wards have been replaced with reflective film on the windows to filter light instead, and catering will be done at the on-site kitchens and meals served in disposable containers.

I was also pleased to hear, that like in our other Hospitals of Hope, WiFi is available for patients to video call with loved ones. This is important as visitors are not allowed in COVID wards and having a connection with family and loved ones is so important during these difficult times.

In addition to doctors and nurses, the wards will also have social workers, physiotherapists and dieticians to care for patients physical and psychological wellbeing.

I am deeply grateful to all of the people who have played a part in making this facility possible, thus ensuring that we are able to provide beds and care as we approach the peak of infections in the metro region.

The facility has already admitted over 60 patients since becoming operational on January 1, and I wish all of those who are currently admitted there, and all of those who pass through its doors well on their road to recovery.