Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde – Community screening commences today

4 April 2020

Case update:

As at 00h01 on 04 April 2020, the Western Cape had recorded 446 Covid-19 infections

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Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district

Cases

Western

130

Southern

116

Northern

24

Tygerberg

34

Eastern

19

Klipfontein

15

Mitchells Plain

7

Khayelitsha

2

Total

347

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Sub Districts Non-Metro:

District

 Sub-district

Cases

Garden Route

Bitou

5

Garden Route

Knysna

10

Garden Route

George

12

Garden Route

Hessequa

5

Garden Route

Mossel Bay

11

Garden Route

Oudtshoorn

2

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

16

Cape Winelands

Drakenstein

6

Cape Winelands

Breede Valley

5

Cape Winelands

Langeberg

1

Overberg

Overstrand

9

Overberg

Theewaterskloof

1

West Coast

Saldanha Bay

1

West Coast

Swartland

2

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Unallocated: 13

As at 12h00 on 04 April 2020, we have 23 people admitted to hospital for Covid-19, with nine receiving care in ICU.

As we start to see an increase in local transmission cases, we expect to experience additional pressure on our health facilities and health workers.

We again urge all our residents to stay home and abide by the lock-down. By doing this, you can help flatten the curve, and save many lives.

If you are feeling sick, it is important that you stay home and call our hotline (021 928 4102) for advice on what to do next.

If you have any difficulty breathing, you must seek urgent healthcare immediately.

Community screening starts today

In my update yesterday, I announced that the Western Cape Department of Health has identified seven areas where community screening will be conducted.

I can confirm that in fact community screening has already begun today in Happy Valley and Ilitha Park. Credit must be given to the teams at the Department of Health who are implementing this programme so quickly.

Community screening is still scheduled to commence in the following Cape Town Metro sub-districts, and in some areas, we’ve already begun loud hailing operations to make the communities aware:

  • Khayelitsha: Town2 (Monday)
  • Western: Bo-Kaap (Tuesday)
  • Tygerberg: Bishop Lavis (Monday)
  • Klipfontein: Philippi (Monday)

And, in the non-rural districts:

  • Kwanonqaba, Mossel Bay (Monday)
  • Mbekweni, Cape Winelands (Monday)

A reminder that our community healthcare workers will be identifiable by their uniforms and ID cards, and members of the public are advised to request the person's credentials as part of rigorous safety precautions. We urge community members to welcome the Community Health Workers and to co-operate with them.

President’s Coordinating Council (PCC)

I participated in the President’s Coordinating Council today. I used the opportunity to commit the Western Cape Government to our country’s number one priority: to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and save lives.

During my presentation, I also used the opportunity to raise concerns regarding incidents of police brutality. These incidents must be condemned, and we urge all those with complaints to please report these to IPID as soon as possible.

On the discussion on regulations, I requested a common-sense approach that would allow, for example, equipment needed for e-learning for students to be purchased during the lockdown. Ensuring that learning continues for our children is a top priority of the Western Cape Government. 

We have officially sent a list of issues that would require clarification to Minister Dlamini-Zuma, and we are looking forward to further discussions so that clarity can be provided.

First repatriation flight for foreign nationals

Thanks to the considerable efforts of the Provincial Joint Operations Centre (JOC), the first repatriation flight for foreign nationals departed from Cape Town International Airport yesterday (03 April 2020) afternoon.

This first flight saw 277 citizens from Germany, who were unable to leave before the lockdown, depart for Frankfurt.  A second flight to Munich will be departing today.

We are incredibly grateful to all those in provincial and national government who assisted, as well as the teams at Cape Town stadium, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Cape Town International Airport (CTIA), the German Consulate in Cape Town and the South African Police Service (SAPS) whose involvement ensured the success of this repatriation project.