Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 7 January

As of 1pm on 7 January, the Western Cape has 37 288 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 226 908 confirmed cases and 181 814 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

226 908

Total recoveries

181 814

Total deaths

7806

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

37 288

Total number of tests

1076860

Hospital admissions 3091 of which 356 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 146394

 119108

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 26909

 20775

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1937

 1572

Garden Route District Municipality

29130

25170

Overberg District Municipality

 9918

 7196

West Coast District Municipality

 8753

6508

Unallocated

3838

1458

Total

226879

18187

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

23012

 18764

Southern

 23857

 18629

Klipfontein

 14173

 11822

Mitchells Plain

 14536

 12159

Tygerberg

 23654

 19175

Khayelitsha

11089

9765

Eastern

21137

16991

Northern

14936

11803

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

146394

119108

Cape Winelands District Municipality

26909

20775

Breede Valley

6895

5282

Drakenstein

8143

6161

Langeberg

3320

2582

Stellenbosch

4718

3760

Witzenberg

3833

2990

Central Karoo District Municipality

1937

1572

Beaufort West

1547

1279

Laingsburg

194

162

Prince Albert

196

131

Garden Route District Municipality

29130

25170

Bitou

2429

2102

George

10581

9315

Hessequa

1421

1116

Kannaland

588

445

Knysna

4414

3915

Mossel Bay

6404

5615

Oudtshoorn

3293

2662

Overberg District Municipality

9918

7196

Cape Agulhas

1245

896

Overstrand

3696

2743

Swellendam

1236

775

Theewaterskloof

3741

2782

West Coast District Municipality

8753

6508

Bergriver

1030

702

Cederberg

420

291

Matzikama

1246

940

Saldanha Bay

2732

2060

Swartland

3325

2515

Unallocated

3838

1458

The Western Cape has recorded 123 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 7806.  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

Vaccine news:

We welcome the announcement by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize that 1.5 million vaccine doses have been secured for delivery by the end of February- ahead of the originally announced schedule.

Vaccines are part of the arsenal of tools we have available to us to fight COVID-19, and the commitment that 1.25 million health care workers will be prioritised will help us to protect our frontline.

The Western Cape Government is in the advanced stages of developing our vaccine rollout strategy, which will enable us to safely and efficiently distribute them as they become available.

We are also committed to continue working to ensure that we source the required numbers of SAPHRA approved vaccines for the Western Cape. As a province, we have identified health care workers and other essential services, as well as those at risk of serious illness or death because of their age or an underlying illness, as priority groups for vaccinations. We must ensure that we are able to vaccinate all of these groupings as early as possible in order to save lives.

We anxiously await further details on exactly when in January the first 1 million vaccines will be delivered, and how they will be distributed to provinces.

This news will be a significant morale booster for our health care workers, who have worked tirelessly for months on the frontlines. We trust that their best interests and the best interests of all South Africans will be top of mind for those officials who are entrusted with the processes of securing and distributing vaccines in South Africa.

While we await rollout of additional doses for the general population, I appeal to residents to continue to protect themselves and their loved ones by wearing your masks, washing your hands, keeping your distance, and avoiding crowded, enclosed spaces and close contact.

Health care worker update:

I would like to send a warm welcome to this year's medical intern cohort, who have started work at provincial hospitals over the past week. Since 1 January, 322 of 335 medical interns have been placed.

They join the public service and the frontline at a critical period in our COVID-19 response. They will be joining experienced teams of dedicated doctors, nurses and health care workers who are all focused on caring for the sick in the Western Cape.

The medical interns will join the new staff who have been appointed since the start of the year, and our people management teams continue to work flat out to appoint and place additional health care workers as they are needed. A total of 565 applications have been registered on our dashboard, and 495 offers have been made to date. Of these, 80 have already been appointed. 

We welcome all the new staff to the frontline and thank them for their service.