Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde - President Ramaphosa visits the Western Cape

As of 1pm on 5 June, the Western Cape has 10 965 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of  28 082 confirmed cases and 16 433 recoveries.

Total confirmed Covid-19 cases

28 082

Total recoveries

16 433

Total deaths

684

Total active cases (currently infected patients)

10965

Tests conducted

186 236

Hospital admissions

1027 with 203  in ICU or high care

 

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

 23 495

14 564

Cape Winelands District Municipality

2044 945

Central Karoo District Municipality

2 1

Garden Route District Municipality

242

138

Overberg District Municipality

 206

 93

West Coast District Municipality

 340

134

Unallocated

1753

558

Total

28 082

16 433

 Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

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Sub-districts

Cases

Recoveries

Western

2611

 1666

Southern

 2982

 1682

Klipfontein

3368

 1949

Mitchells Plain

2686

 1609

Tygerberg

3975

2658

Khayelitsha

3535

2422

Eastern

2632

1503

Northern

1706

1075

 Sub Districts Non-Metro:

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Municipality

Cases

Recoveries

City of Cape Town

23 495 14 564

Cape Winelands District Municipality

2044

945

Breede Valley

403

110

Drakenstein

958

450

Langeberg

52

11

Stellenbosch

339

142

Witzenberg

292

232

Central Karoo District Municipality

2 1

Beaufort West

2

1

Laingsburg

0

0

Prince Albert

0

0

Garden Route District Municipality

242 138

Bitou

16

15

George

99

46

Hessequa

13

9

Kannaland

1

1

Knysna

68 37

Mossel Bay

30

25

Oudtshoorn

15

5

Overberg District Municipality

206

93

Cape Agulhas

15

4

Overstrand

88

44

Swellendam

11 7

Theewaterskloof

92

38

West Coast District Municipality

340

134

Bergriver

70

37

Cederberg

5

0

Matzikama

9 0

Saldanha Bay

133 43

Swartland

123

54

Unallocated

1753

558

More data, including updated suburb level data as at June 1, is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 41 Covid-19 deaths-bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 684. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is received by Premier Alan
Winde today at the CTICC. (Photo by GCIS)

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the Western Cape:

President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with national Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and other members of the national cabinet, visited the Western Cape today. Premier Alan Winde presented our whole of government readiness plans to deal with Covid-19. President Ramaphosa also opened the 862 bed Hospital of Hope at the CTICC, which the Western Cape government has brought on stream to ensure medical care for residents is available at the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic in our province.

Our teams have worked around the clock to ensure that this facility was ready in a matter of weeks. On Monday, it will start to take in its first patients. We have named it the Hospital of Hope, because it is aimed at being a place where people come to be cared for, to recover and to go home at the end of their treatment.

During the presentations to the President, we outlined the work the province has completed to date to create additional healthcare capacity to ensure we are adequately prepared. Our current plans for additional beds will create over 1400 beds in the province, and the potential CTICC 2 project, which is currently in discussions, could bring online 800 or more beds. President Ramaphosa has indicated that he would like to see even more beds in the province, and we will work with him and his team in order to determine the best way to source and fund these beds as well as the staff that will be required to care for the patients in those beds.

Our presentation to the President focused on three challenges and risks the province currently faces. The first of these is testing capacity which has been constrained by the lack of testing kits and reagents and has resulted in us having to implement a risk adjusted approach in the metro. The province is also looking to private labs, university labs and rapid serology test kits to help address this issue.

President Ramaphosa indicated that a new platform is being investigated which will enable countries across Africa to access millions of test kits. We look forward to the speedy resolution of this issue and thank the President for hearing our concerns in this regard in recent weeks.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa and Premier Alan Winde
inside one of the Red Dot taxis. (Photo by WCG)

The Western Cape will continue with its risk adjusted strategy until such time as testing is no longer constrained. Under this strategy, only those falling into our risk groups including healthcare workers, those in hospital, people aged over 55, and those under 55 with comorbidities, will be tested in the metro region. This will however require those who are not being tested, and who are experiencing symptoms to take quarantine and isolation very seriously. Those who are not able to do so, will be guided by our teams to ensure they are able to safely quarantine or isolate.

The second challenge the province faces is the recruitment of health care staff for our facilities and for the additional beds brought online. The Western Cape Government is able to source a total of 1477 healthcare workers- however, in order to meet all the staffing requirements for the potential CTICC 2 and to make up the shortfall created by absenteeism in the system, the Western Cape would require an additional 5272 healthcare workers- with the biggest demand being for nurses.

The third challenge we raised with the President was around funding. The Western Cape Government has projected that it needs over R 3 billion in the current year to respond to Covid-19 in the Departments of Health and Transport and Public Works alone.

We were very pleased by President Ramaphosa’s commitment to “pull out all the stops to save lives”. He indicated that in the war against Covid-19, saving lives must take precedence over costs, and committed to working with us to identify and source additional staff members. He also indicated that funding would be made available which will help us to secure the beds, staff and supplies needed to continue to provide the necessary facilities and care to those who need medical attention.

We also had an opportunity today to display some of the innovative work being done in the province to combat Covid-19. Our IT teams have developed a new nurse calling system in the CTICC, which will also be an entirely paperless facility.

We were also able to showcase our Red Dot transport system which forms part of our targeted hotspot plan. This service is a partnership with the taxi industry, under which 100 taxis, marked by a red dot, provide sanitized transport services to our healthcare workers. These taxis only carry 50% capacity and have strict hygiene and mask wearing rules in place. President Ramaphosa was able to hear from both a healthcare worker and one of the taxi operators today how the system works, and how it has impacted them personally.