Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

21 June 2020

As of 1pm on 21 June, the Western Cape has 13 109 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 50 067 confirmed cases and 35 559 recoveries.

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 50 067
Total recoveries 35 559
Total deaths 1399
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 13 109
Tests conducted 268 268

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 4566 3377
Southern 4555 3363
Northern 3250 2379
Tygerberg 6990 5306
Eastern 4407 3245
Klipfontein 5267 3849
Mitchells Plain 4466 3323
Khayelitsha 5724 4624
Total 39225 29466

Sub-districts:

District  Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 33 17
Garden Route Knysna 116 71
Garden Route George 289 122
Garden Route Hessequa 20 15
Garden Route Kannaland 3 2
Garden Route Mossel Bay 104 38
Garden Route Oudsthoorn 37 15
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 765 488
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 2049 1315
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 1047 593
Cape Winelands Langeberg 260 96
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 534 369
Overberg Overstrand 382 184
Overberg Cape Agulhas 35 24
Overberg Swellendam 33 16
Overberg Theewaterskloof 286 155
West Coast Bergrivier 164 116
​West Coast ​Cederberg 29 11
West Coast Matzikama 37 13
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 397 218
West Coast Swartland 431 225
Central Karoo Beaufort West 11 2

Unallocated: 3780 (1988 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 26 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1399. We send our condolences to their families and friends at this time.

Red Dot Taxi Service Update:

The Red Dot Taxi Service, implemented by the Departments of Transport and Public Works and Health as part of our hotspot strategy, has since its launch on 18 May, transported approximately 12000 healthcare workers working at 15 healthcare facilities, over a distance of 150 000 km.

The Western Cape Government has partnered with the local taxi industry to create a fleet of almost 200 Red Dot taxis. The service provides safe transport home for an average of 450 healthcare workers each evening. The taxis observe strict hygiene and social distancing protocols, which include a screen between the driver and passengers, sanitizing of the vehicle between each trip, compulsory wearing of masks and only carrying half of the vehicle capacity.

The Red Dot taxis also transport people to and from the Western Cape Government’s isolation and quarantine facilities. Since launching at the end of May, this service has transported approximately 1 1100 people.

Our healthcare workers are incredibly important in the fight against COVID-19 and this service is one additional way in which we are working to protect them. We can also help to reduce the spread of the virus by ensuring that people traveling to our isolation and quarantine facilities, do so in designated vehicles.

Courage on the frontlines:

Today, I would  like to acknowledge the healthcare workers and staff of Ward C13 at Groote Schuur Hospital. This team of high care staff had to care for one of their own colleagues, Sister June Anita Richards, who became ill after contracting COVID-19.

Sister Richards was admitted to the very same high care ward she has worked in for 20 years, earlier this month, where she was treated using high flow nasal oxygen which was recently introduced as an alternative to ventilation at the hospital.

Sister Richards was discharged from hospital last week. We wish her well on her road to full recovery and thank all of the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who contributed to her recovery.

The team of C13 are among thousands of heroes who are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. I would also like to thank all of the healthcare workers and hospital staff who have played such a major role in the province’s response to COVID-19, whose courage, commitment and care are helping to save lives. On behalf of the Western Cape Government and the residents of this province, I thank you all for your service.

Preparing for the peak:

Some epidemiological models, including the National Covid-19 Epi Model (NCEM) which is relied on by the national government for forecasting, have estimated that the province will experience its peak soon. While we cannot pinpoint the exact date at which we will reach this peak, we are experiencing increased pressure in our hospitals. At the same time, the economy is opening up further, with personal care services re-opening this weekend and other sectors expected to open soon. Now is therefore the time to be extra vigilant to slow the spread.

Precautions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Regular handwashing and hygiene measures which include coughing into your elbow or a tissue, regular cleaning of surfaces at home or at work, and not touching your face.
  • Stay at home whenever possible. Do not go to places where groups of people gather unless necessary. Do not visit family or friends to socialise as this could put everyone at risk.
  • Always keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres between yourself and any other person when you are not at home. This includes in the workplace, in queues, on public transport or anywhere where people gather.
  • Wearing a clean, cloth mask whenever you leave home. Wearing your mask correctly and at all times, not only protects you but can prevent you from making others sick.
  • Stay at home if you feel sick.
  • Seek medical care if you experience shortness of breath
  • If you are over the age of 55 or you have an underlying illness, you are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying. It is therefore important that you take extra precautions and stay home wherever possible.
  • Those who are healthy should assist those at higher risk with tasks like shopping or errands that require them to leave the house.