Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 8 January

As of 1pm on 8 January, the Western Cape has 38 609 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 231 121 confirmed cases and 184 559 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases

231 121

Total recoveries

184 559

Total deaths

7953

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

38 609

Total number of tests

1076860

Hospital admissions 3178 of which 345 are in ICU or high care
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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 149109

 121024

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 27530

 21222

Central Karoo District Municipality

 1963

 1596

Garden Route District Municipality

29424

25230

Overberg District Municipality

 10094

 7403

West Coast District Municipality

 8983

6593

Unallocated

4018

1491

Total

231121

184559

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

23388

 19088

Southern

 24205

 19026

Klipfontein

 14360

 11925

Mitchells Plain

 14787

 12303

Tygerberg

 24235

 19508

Khayelitsha

11148

9827

Eastern

21584

17269

Northern

15402

12078

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

149109

121024

Cape Winelands District Municipality

27530

21222

Breede Valley

7046

5885

Drakenstein

8334

6293

Langeberg

3390

2645

Stellenbosch

4829

3836

Witzenberg

3931

3063

Central Karoo District Municipality

1963

1596

Beaufort West

1570

1297

Laingsburg

197

163

Prince Albert

196

136

Garden Route District Municipality

29424

25230

Bitou

2463

2119

George

10634

9358

Hessequa

1478

1006

Kannaland

596

434

Knysna

4426

3939

Mossel Bay

6501

5671

Oudtshoorn

3326

2703

Overberg District Municipality

10094

7403

Cape Agulhas

1261

928

Overstrand

3773

2825

Swellendam

1281

813

Theewaterskloof

3779

2837

West Coast District Municipality

8983

6593

Bergriver

1060

710

Cederberg

431

296

Matzikama

1286

949

Saldanha Bay

2814

2078

Swartland

3392

2560

Unallocated

4018

1491

The Western Cape has recorded 147 additional deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 7953.  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

Wesfleur temporary tent opens:

Earlier today, Minister of Health in the Western Cape, Nomafrench Mbombo visited the Wesfleur Hospital in Atlantis. This hospital is the only 24-hour facility servicing communities in the area and has provided a critical service throughout our COVID-19 response. This hospital has 45 operational beds and is experiencing significant pressure, in this second wave.

Where necessary, the hospital will refer COVID-19 patients to the Brackengate Hospital of Hope for COVID-19 care.

During her visit, Minister Mbombo opened a new temporary tent at the facility which will be used for admissions and discharges and will help to ensure a more rapid turn-around of operational beds at the facility.

To help alleviate the pressure on health care workers at the facility, we will be bringing on board 20 ward assistants. These are community health care workers who will take on care services and non-medical duties such as providing bed baths, freeing up medical staff to focus on medical duties. In addition, the hospital has also appointed additional admin and medical staff.

I would like to send my thanks and appreciation to all of the health care workers and staff at the facility for the work that they are doing, and have done throughout this pandemic, in service of their community.