Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde; over 3000 tests conducted in the past 48 hours - 26 April

26 April 2020

As of 17h00 on 25 April, the Western Cape has recorded 1531 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

1531

Total recoveries

249

Total deaths

32

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

1250

Patients in hospital

68 with 26 in ICU

Total tests conducted

25774

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Municipality

Cases

City of Cape Town

 1285

Cape Winelands District Municipality

 130

Central Karoo District Municipality

 0

Garden Route District Municipality

 60

Overberg District Municipality

 12

West Coast District Municipality

 10

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Western

 359

Southern

 198

Klipfontein

 91

Mitchells Plain

 103

Tygerberg

 162

Khayelitsha

146

Eastern

152

Northern

74

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

City of Cape Town

1285

Cape Winelands District Municipality

130

Breede Valley

21

Drakenstein

13

Langeberg

2

Stellenbosch

18

Witzenberg

76

Central Karoo District Municipality

0

Beaufort West

0

Laingsburg

0

Prince Albert

0

Garden Route District Municipality

60

Bitou

5

George

14

Hessequa

5

Kannaland

0

Knysna

14

Mossel Bay

19

Oudtshoorn

3

Overberg District Municipality

12

Cape Agulhas

0

Overstrand

11

Swellendam

0

Theewaterskloof

1

West Coast District Municipality

10

Bergriver

0

Cederberg

0

Matzikama

0

Saldanha Bay

3

Swartland

7

Unallocated

34

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. Cases reported in Khayelitsha (1), Breede Valley (3) and Drakenstein (2) yesterday have been reallocated based on updated address data.

The province has recorded two more deaths- ​a 53 year old man with significant comorbidities and a 76 year old man-bringing the total number of deaths to 32 in the province. We extend our condolences to their family and friends at this time.

Most of the people who have died in the province have been vulnerable, either because of their age, or because they had an underlying medical condition. The lockdown regulations are in place to protect you, but also to help save the lives of these vulnerable groups. Many people will contract COVID-19 in the province in the coming months and recover, but for the elderly and the sick, the risk of serious complications is much higher.

Kindness and compassion for those ill:

Anyone can contract COVID-19; it does not discriminate. We must remember that just like every other person who gets sick, those infected with Covid-19 deserve our love, kindness and compassion at all times.   

Covid-19 testing:

In the past 48 hours, we have conducted over 3000 tests in the province in line with our strategy to seek out pockets of infection in our communities, isolate those who are positive and trace their contacts. We follow an active case finding approach to testing and screening, where we follow the “bush fires” – pockets of infections within communities, and identify those who are infected with Covid-19 as quickly as possible. The screening process, based on this evidence, refers those who are symptomatic for testing.

Infection prevention:

As we move towards level 4 of lockdown, the risk of infection can increase as there will be more people moving around. We must make sure we are aware of this at all times: follow the golden rules of hygiene at all times when you leave the house, always keep a distance from others, and make sure that you wear a cloth mask. Wearing a cloth mask will become mandatory from 1 May, but we encourage you to already start wearing one already if you leave the house. Please remember to not touch your face when wearing a mask and to follow the golden rules of hygiene at all times when doing so.

Infections are most likely to happen where people congregate and come into close contact- in supermarkets, on public transport and in the workplace. We have met with the retail sector and have devised protocols which are aimed at keeping their staff and their customers safe.

Already, we have seen a number of retailers put innovative measures in place to ensure safety while shopping- these include protective screens in some stores, stickers or tape used to indicate social distancing while queuing, and special shopping hours for the elderly. 

Shoppers can play their part by ensuring that they do not go shopping if they feel sick or have flu-like symptoms, they cover their nose and mouth with a tissue or their elbow while coughing or sneezing and they wear clean, cloth masks while shopping. If someone stands too close to you, tell them kindly to keep their distance.

It is also best to only send only one family member to do the shopping and this person should be the healthiest person in the household.

Over the next week, Minister of Health, Nomafrench Mbombo will also undertake a roadshow at various supermarkets to highlight the importance of hand sanitizing, hygiene and social distancing.

Other businesses who intend to reopen on 1 May in line with the level 4 regulations, must devise infection prevention protocols which are applicable to their businesses to ensure that staff and clientele are not put at any additional risk.