Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

20 June 2020

As of 1pm on 20 June, the Western Cape has 12 277 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 48 806 confirmed cases and 35 156 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 48 806
Total recoveries 35 156
Total deaths 1373
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 12 277
Tests conducted 264 051
Hospitalisations 1597 with 304 in ICU or high care

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 4483 3341
Southern 4479 3326
Northern 3180 2349
Tygerberg 6849 5252
Eastern 4307 3203
Klipfontein 5187 3814
Mitchells Plain 4398 3291
Khayelitsha 5662 4595
Total 38545 29171

Sub-districts:

District  Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 31 17
Garden Route Knysna 107 71
Garden Route George 268 117
Garden Route Hessequa 18 15
Garden Route Kannaland 3 2
Garden Route Mossel Bay 93 38
Garden Route Oudsthoorn 35 15
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 724 475
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 2009 1282
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 1001 585
Cape Winelands Langeberg 222 91
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 515 368
Overberg Overstrand 345 183
Overberg Cape Agulhas 33 24
Overberg Swellendam 28 16
Overberg Theewaterskloof 268 154
West Coast Bergrivier 161 106
​West Coast ​Cederberg 27 11
West Coast Matzikama 37 13
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 379 217
West Coast Swartland 415 218
Central Karoo Beaufort West 6 2

Unallocated: 3536 (1965 recovered)

Data note:  As the province moves closer to the peak and the Department of Health is recording over 1000 new cases daily, it is not possible to check and verify that the address data supplied for each new case is correct, within the time frames required to provide regular and timely updates. This means that in some instances, cases could be allocated to the wrong sub-districts. We are working with the sub-districts to clean and verify the data and where errors are picked up locally, cases will be re-allocated to the correct areas.

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

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 64 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1373. We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Recoveries:

With over 35 000 recorded recoveries, the Western Cape has now achieved a recovery rate of 72%. Khayelitsha, which has the second highest number of reported cases in the province, now has an 81% recovery rate- the highest recovery rate in the metro. The Tygerberg sub-district which has the highest number of infections in the province, has a recovery rate of 76% while Klipfontein which has the third highest number of infections, has a 73% recovery rate.

The Western Cape uses the National Institute of Communicable Diseases definition of recovery which classifies a person as recovered 14 days after the first day of symptoms. For patients who have been hospitalised, recovery is calculated 14 days after discharge from hospital. This definition of recovery does not require a person to test negative for the virus because the virus can still be detected for some time after a person has recovered. After 14 days, a patient is no longer infectious and the case is no longer considered active.

Hospitalisations:

Most people will be able to recover at home, without the need for hospital care, especially if they are young and healthy. Our data however has shown that age and underlying including diabetes and high blood pressure present the greatest risk for becoming seriously ill or dying. We are moving closer to our peak and we are starting to see increased hospitalisations in the province- with 1597 people currently hospitalised and 302 of these in ICU.

People who fall into vulnerable groups must take additional precautions to protect themselves- staying at home as much as possible, being vigilant about hygiene such as handwashing and cleaning of surfaces, and wearing a mask and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres if they must go out.

We can help protect our loved ones and other vulnerable people by:

-Regular hand washing

-Avoiding gatherings

-Staying at home as much as possible, especially if you feel unwell or you’re experiencing any symptoms

-Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and any other person in public

-Wearing a clean, cloth mask when out in public. Masks must be worn correctly, covering the nose and mouth and must be put on and removed by the straps, with clean hands