Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

15 June 2020

As of 1pm on 15 June, the Western Cape has 13166 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of  42 892 confirmed cases and 28 615  recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 42892
Total recoveries 28615
Total deaths 1111
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 13166
Tests conducted 245536

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 3721 2695
Southern 3822 2672
Northern 2531 1855
Tygerberg 5895 4311
Eastern 3686 2613
Klipfontein 4548 3111
Mitchells Plain 3858 2694
Khayelitsha 5218 3960
Total 33279 23911

Sub-districts:

 

District  Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 16 15
Garden Route Knysna 96 61
Garden Route George 165 90
Garden Route Hessequa 18 12
Garden Route Kannaland 3 2
Garden Route Mossel Bay 63 31
Garden Route Oudsthoorn 24 9
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 579 315
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 1613 933
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 760 416
Cape Winelands Langeberg 150 49
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 422 305
Overberg Overstrand 227 106
Overberg Cape Agulhas 26 15
Overberg Swellendam 19 14
Overberg Theewaterskloof 193 110
West Coast Bergrivier 120 74
​West Coast ​Cederberg 16 5
West Coast Matzikama 23 2
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 268 122
West Coast Swartland 272 1126
Central Karoo Beaufort West 3 1

Unallocated: 4538 (1891 recovered).

More data is available here: https://coronavirus.westerncape.gov.za/covid-19-dashboard

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 63 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1111. We send our condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased at this time.

Premier Alan Winde and US Consul General Virgina Blaser with (back from left) Dr Roshni Mistry (Tygerberg),  Dr Nadiya Ahmed (Tygerberg) and Dr Shrikant Peters (Groote Schuur)

US Consul General donates 20 ventilators:

Today, I received a donation of ventilators from the Consul General of the United States, Virginia Blaser. These 20 form part of a donation of 50 ventilators which the United States has made to South Africa.

These ventilators were accepted by doctors from the Tygerberg and to Groote Schuur hospitals, where they will be used to treat seriously ill, and ICU patients.

The ventilators are smaller and more portable than many of the ventilators that we currently have in our healthcare system, allow for intubation and non-invasive ventilation and therefore will give doctors treating patients a greater degree of flexibility when moving patients and determining the best treatment options (see attached fact sheet about the ventilators).

The Western Cape has been working hard to prepare our healthcare systems, and these new ventilators will allow us to deliver potentially life-saving treatment to many more people. We thank the United States consulate in South Africa for their assistance during this pandemic, and for their partnership which stretches back many years.

Consul General Virginia Blaser said: “While today we mark the donation of 20 ventilators, we are really marking 20 years of life saving partnership between the United States and the Western Cape. Through PEPFAR, we are supporting over 4.7 million people living with HIV in South Africa. It is my hope that these ventilators will also offer life-saving support in the battle against COVID-19”.

Chrysalis graduates deployed to Khayelitsha:

Today, Minister of Community Safety Albert Fritz announced that 60 Chrysalis graduates have been deployed to various shopping centres and community health facilities in Khayelitsha as part of our hotspot strategy. These graduates have undergone training  and will help to build awareness of COVID-19 and encouraging people to adhere to social distancing protocols.

On the eve of Youth Day, it is so encouraging to see young people playing their part in communities to slow the spread of the virus and ultimately, save lives.

The hotspot strategy is all about using partnerships and encouraging a whole of society approach. The Department of Community Safety has worked closely with the Department of Health, the Khayelitsha Development Forum, Medicins Sans Frontiers, and of course, the Chrysalis Academy, to bring this deployment about. We wish these young people well and thank them for helping to protect communities in the Western Cape.

The Western Cape Government is rolling out a number of interventions in the province’s hotspots which are aimed at encouraging behavioural change to slow the spread of the coronavirus. We have already introduced the Red Dot taxi service to transport heatlhcare workers, and a major communications campaign which will include nearly 10 000 street pole posters in hotspot communities and new radio advertisements using healthcare workers. By staying safe, we will be able to protect our high risk loved ones and save lives.