Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - 8 October

As of 1pm on 8 October, the Western Cape has 2242 active COVID-19 infections with a total of 111 321 confirmed cases and 104 839 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

111 321

Total recoveries

104 839

Total deaths

4 240

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

2 242

Total number of tests

558 411

Hospital admissions

531 with 108 of these in ICU or high care

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

77 393

72 901

Cape Winelands District Municipality

12 870

12 192

Central Karoo District Municipality

953

 854

Garden Route District Municipality

10 179

9 573

Overberg District Municipality

3 488

3 338

West Coast District Municipality

4 292

3 903

Unallocated

2 146

2 078

Total

111 321

104 839

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

9 826

9 221

Southern

10 028

9 365

Klipfontein

9 334

8 682

Mitchells Plain

 8 764

8 283

Tygerberg

13 644

12 930

Khayelitsha

8 417

7 970

Eastern

10 446

9 877

Northern

6 934

6 573

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

77 393

72 901

Cape Winelands District Municipality

12 870

12 192

Breede Valley

3 489

3 339

Drakenstein

4 440

4 196

Langeberg

1 173

1 103

Stellenbosch

2 127

2 012

Witzenberg

1 647

1 542

Central Karoo District Municipality

953

854

Beaufort West

778

692

Laingsburg

141

132

Prince Albert

34

30

Garden Route District Municipality

10 179

9 573

Bitou

634

599

George

3 638

3 431

Hessequa

329

308

Kannaland

126

113

Knysna

1 565

1 504

Mossel Bay

2 414

2 288

Oudtshoorn

1 473

1 330

Overberg District Municipality

3 488

3 338

Cape Agulhas

296

277

Overstrand

1 639

1 584

Swellendam

356

333

Theewaterskloof

1 197

1 144

West Coast District Municipality

4 292

3 903

Bergriver

465

416

Cederberg

168

163

Matzikama

590

463

Saldanha Bay

1 426

1 328

Swartland

1 643

1 533

Unallocated

2 146

2 078

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.

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 11 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 4240. We send our condolences to their families and friends at this time.

Allowing safe international leisure travel will help to kickstart the economy:

Earlier today, Cape Town welcomed the first Lufthansa flight from Germany since the reopening of international travel. Germany is one of our key source markets for international travel and is one of our only major source markets who are currently allowed into the country under the travel restrictions.

We welcome all of the travelers on board this flight and wish them a safe stay in our province. The resumption of international travel is important for the Western Cape's recovery, as the tourism and hospitality contribute significantly to job creation in the province. The hard lockdown, and the travel restrictions in place over the past six months, have had a devastating impact on the sector, with thousands of people losing their jobs. 

It is for this reason, that Minister of Economic Opportunities and Finance, David Maynier has written to the national government regarding the risk based approach to travel, which allows business travelers from high risk countries to enter the country, but not leisure travelers. With many of our key tourism source markets currently on the "no-fly" list, the Western Cape's tourism industry will continue to be negatively impacted.

Minister Maynier's full, detailed submission which proposes doing away with categorising countries according to risk, and implementing a number of safety protocols including the requirement for a PCR test not older than 72 hours old, travelers downloading the Covid-19 app, and the establishment of dedicated testing facilities inside airports should travelers display symptoms,  is available to read here: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/news/our-proposed-approach-allow-all-international-travellers-negative-pcr-test

The Western Cape Government has been working hard for several years to grow our tourism offering and to create an enabling environment for the sector to create jobs. Air Access, an initiative of the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, Wesgro, Cape Town Tourism and ACSA, has been hard at work for several years, growing the number of direct international flights into Cape Town. The Lufthansa flight today was made possible through the Air Access project in 2016. This is just one of the significant strides made in growing the route network across the globe, and we must do everything we can to protect the gains we have made in this regard- and ensure that people are able to travel safely- whether it is for business or for leisure travel.