Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 8 August

As of 1pm on 8 August, the Western Cape has 8174 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 97 966 confirmed cases and  86 415 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

97 966

Total recoveries

86 415

Total deaths

3 374

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

8 174

Total number of tests

435 962

Hospital admissions 1266 of which 277 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 67 738

 60 847

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 11 161

 9 874

Central Karoo District Municipality

 408

 230

Garden Route District Municipality

7 227

5 407

Overberg District Municipality

 2 916

 2 596

West Coast District Municipality

 3 244

2 743

Unallocated

5 272

4 718

Total

97 966

86 415

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

8 266

 7 414

Southern

8 558

 7 571

Klipfontein

 8 485

 7 531

Mitchells Plain

 7 759

 6 950

Tygerberg

 12 103

 10 909

Khayelitsha

7 875

7 250

Eastern

8 959

7 992

Northern

5 733

5 230

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

67 738

60 847

Cape Winelands District Municipality

11 161

9 874

Breede Valley

2 930

2 575

Drakenstein

3 964

3 571

Langeberg

1 033

893

Stellenbosch

1 872

1 660

Witzenberg

1 362

1 175

Central Karoo District Municipality

408

230

Beaufort West

342

202

Laingsburg

57

24

Prince Albert

9

4

Garden Route District Municipality

7 227

5 407

Bitou

478

369

George

2 898

2 308

Hessequa

210

168

Kannaland

64

48

Knysna

1 160

902

Mossel Bay

1 694

1 222

Oudtshoorn

723

390

Overberg District Municipality

2 916

2 596

Cape Agulhas

224

174

Overstrand

1 410

1 288

Swellendam

246

231

Theewaterskloof

1 036

903

West Coast District Municipality

3 244

2 743

Bergriver

367

323

Cederberg

136

106

Matzikama

249

198

Saldanha Bay

1 203

1 061

Swartland

1 289

1 055

Unallocated

5 272

4 718

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 27 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3374. We send our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

MSF Thusong Hospital to close:

Yesterday was the last day for new admissions to the Thusong field hospital in Khayelitsha, being operated by Medicins Sans Frontiers. The organization will now be extending its support to other provinces where cases are increasing and their services will have a greater impact. 

This hospital and all of the people who were involved in building and operating it, have been invaluable in our fight against COVID-19 in this province and we thank everyone who has played a part in saving lives there. This entire project has been the result of a partnership between MSF, the Western Cape Government, and the City of Cape Town who provided the building. These kinds of partnerships have been valuable throughout our COVID-19 response, but also demonstrate what is possible when we combine forces to tackle problems. 

The hospital, which opened its doors on 1 June, has admitted 241 people over the past two months. It has worked closely with the Khayelitsha Hospital, providing an invaluable service to the people of Khayelitsha. 

New infections in Khayelitsha have shown a decline in recent weeks. The recovery rate in Khayelitsha currently stands at over 90% and between the Khayelitsha hospital, and the Brackengate temporary facility, we will still be able to accept and care for patients as necessary. 

We thank the entire team for their hard work, and commitment and the important role they have played in saving lives in this province. We wish them well as they go on to do this in other places in South Africa. 

Preventing the second wave and the unemployment pandemic:

The Western Cape has seen an overall decline in the number of hospitalisations in recent weeks and our hospitals are currently running at 69% of capacity.  Our field hospitals have played an important role in ensuring that we have been able to provide appropriate care for people in the province at the peak of infections. This also means that we are now able to start re-introducing other key services in our healthcare system which were either put on hold or slowed down because of COVID-19. 

Our hotspot interventions continue in all of our hotspot areas to promote behaviour change. Long term behaviour change is key to ensuring that we continue to see a decline in the numbers of new infections and hospitalisations and save lives.  

We do not want to see a second wave of infections, and so it is vitally important that we all continue to take precautions. These include staying at home as much as possible, especially if you fall into one of the high risk groups, regular handwashing, and hygiene practices such as not touching your face, and coughing into an arm or an elbow. Wearing your mask and social distancing when outside of your home can help to protect you and your loved ones from becoming ill. If you do feel sick, or are experiencing any symptoms, it is important that you stay home, and seek medical attention if you experience trouble breathing. 

Yesterday, the Western Cape cabinet announced that it has taken a position on allowing businesses to open safely, and for domestic alcohol sales to be allowed in the province. We will be communicating this position to the national government. As a province, we have all worked hard, together, to battle COVID-19 and we have made significant strides. If we all continue to take every effort to reduce the spread of this virus, we can not only protect the people of this province from COVID-19, but can begin to rebuild the economy and ensure that we are able to overcome the second pandemic of unemployment.