Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

17 June 2020

As of 1pm on 17 June, the Western Cape has 12 738 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 45 767 confirmed cases and 31 824 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 45767
Total recoveries 31824
Total deaths 1205
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 12738
Tests conducted 253455
Hospitalisations 1419 with 243 in ICU or high care

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 4181 3035
Southern 4270 2998
Northern 3021 2129
Tygerberg 6406 4753
Eastern 4218 3004
Klipfontein 4911 3469
Mitchells Plain 4150 2982
Khayelitsha 5490 4335
Total 36647 26705

Sub-districts:

District  Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 22 16
Garden Route Knysna 95 64
Garden Route George 201 102
Garden Route Hessequa 18 14
Garden Route Kannaland 3 2
Garden Route Mossel Bay 76 34
Garden Route Oudsthoorn 29 12
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 660 392
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 1883 1109
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 909 509
Cape Winelands Langeberg 186 73
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 470 330
Overberg Overstrand 306 140
Overberg Cape Agulhas 30 22
Overberg Swellendam 23 15
Overberg Theewaterskloof 234 133
West Coast Bergrivier 155 91
​West Coast ​Cederberg 17 6
West Coast Matzikama 24 4
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 351 170
West Coast Swartland 362 172
Central Karoo Beaufort West 3 3

Unallocated: 3063 (1706 recovered)

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

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 49 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1205. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Small business safety:

Today Minister of Economic Opportunities, David Maynier was in Mitchells Plain to hand out the first of 11 000 business safety kits which will be distributed to SMMEs and informal traders across the province.

Each kit consists of two bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, ten re-usable cloth masks, posters providing information on safe practices for staff and leaflets which can be distributed to customers on shopping safety.

These 11 000 kits will be distributed across the province, with a focus on those trading in hotspot areas, and will supplement kits already distributed by the City of Cape Town.

Our hotspot strategy includes interventions from across many of our departments as slowing the spread of the virus requires a whole of government approach. We are working closely with businesses and business organisations in our hotspots to help slow the spread of the virus. Small businesses and informal traders have an important role to play as they are very often based right in the heart of the communities they serve. These kits will help to minimise the spread of the virus, share information and help the businesses keep their staff and customers safe.

Dexamethasone:

Researchers in the UK have released incredibly positive initial findings around the use of the steroid Dexamethasone in critically ill COVID-19 patients. These preliminary findings have shown a reduction in mortality in patients who are being ventilated and to a lesser degree, in those who require oxygen support. The drug has been in use since the 1960s, and is widely available with several generic versions in production, making it affordable too.

Yesterday, Minister Zweli Mkhize indicated that while we wait for the results of the full study to be made available, the use of the drug could be considered for COVID-19 positive patients who are being mechanically ventilated, and patients who require oxygen support. The Western Cape Department of Health has received the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee and we are currently finalising the clinical protocols for the use of the drug.

I must however stress that this drug is not a cure and it is not for use in patients with milder symptoms. We are however encouraged that it has the potential to be life-saving for some of the people most severely impacted by this disease.