Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - Number of tests conducted now exceed 30 000

As of 17h00 on 28 April, the Western Cape has recorded 1935 confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

1935

Total recoveries

624

Total deaths

38

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

1273

Patients in hospital

84 with 26 in ICU

Total tests conducted

30803

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Municipality

Cases

City of Cape Town

 1660

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 162

Central Karoo District Municipality

 0

Garden Route District Municipality

 61

Overberg District Municipality

 12

West Coast District Municipality

 11

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Western

 408

Southern

 212

Klipfontein

 145

Mitchells Plain

 148

Tygerberg

 224

Khayelitsha

232

Eastern

195

Northern

96

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

City of Cape Town

1660

Cape Winelands District Municipality

162

Breede Valley

24

Drakenstein

14

Langeberg

3

Stellenbosch

19

Witzenberg

102

Central Karoo District Municipality

0

Beaufort West

0

Laingsburg

0

Prince Albert

0

Garden Route District Municipality

61

Bitou

5

George

14

Hessequa

5

Kannaland

0

Knysna

15

Mossel Bay

19

Oudtshoorn

3

Overberg District Municipality

12

Cape Agulhas

0

Overstrand

11

Swellendam

0

Theewaterskloof

1

West Coast District Municipality

11

Bergriver

2

Cederberg

0

Matzikama

0

Saldanha Bay

3

Swartland

6

Unallocated

29

Data notes:

*Going forward, the data will be reported as at 17h00 on the previous day, rather than at midnight in order to allow more time to prepare the daily reports.

Three cases previously allocated to Swartland have been reallocated due to updated address data.

The Western Cape has recorded another three deaths- two men, aged 78 and 67, and a 79-year old woman- all with underlying illnesses. This brings the total number of deaths in the province to 38. We send our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased at this difficult time.

Community testing and screening:

Our community screening and testing initiative continues this week- with testing in areas across the metro and in our non-metro regions. In total, we have screened nearly 200 000 people- and tested over 7000 of these.

Our screening and testing follows an active case finding approach, where we rigorously follow the pockets of infections within communities.

Community screening helps us to identify where infections may be prevalent, and to test, isolate and quarantine as necessary.

Witzenberg update:

Cabinet today received a full presentation the co-ordinated response to Covid-19 infections in the Witzenberg region. The response included an overview of screening and testing conducted to date, updates on engagements with businesses and farmers in the area as well as planned responses in the transport space.

The Departments of Agriculture and Health are currently engaging with the industry in order to develop guidelines for screening and testing on farms and have already advised on protocol for the transportation of agri-workers.

Over 35 000 masks have also been distributed to farm workers in the region, with the assistance of AgriWC and AFASA.

Education:

The Department of Basic Education today made a presentation to national Parliament containing tentative dates for the reopening of schools. These dates are not definite and do not constitute an official announcement.

This has caused some confusion and concern. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is expected to make announcements tomorrow and we await her comments for further clarity.

CTICC temporary hospital:

Earlier today, we announced that we will be turning the CTICC into a temporary Covid-19 hospital, with over 800 acute beds, as part of our preparedness planning. Work will now begin to fit the site, which is expected to open in June. More details on this will be announced tomorrow.