Media Release: Update on the coronavirus by Premier Alan Winde

29 June 2020

As of 1pm on 29 June, the Western Cape has 16 550 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 61 445 confirmed cases and 43120 recoveries

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 61 445
Total recoveries 43120
Total deaths 1775
Total active cases (currently infected patients) 16550
Tests conducted 300 251
Hospitalisations 1787 with 318 in ICU or high care

Sub Districts Cape Town Metro:

Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Western 5212 3915
Southern 5449 4074
Northern 3782 2858
Tygerberg 7946 6080
Eastern 5340 3939
Klipfontein 6139 4632
Mitchells Plain 5265 3928
Khayelitsha 6518 5208
Total 44748 34451

Sub-districts:

District  Sub-district Cases Recoveries
Garden Route Bitou 68 18
Garden Route Knysna 155 89
Garden Route George 541 169
Garden Route Hessequa 24 17
Garden Route Kannaland 5 3
Garden Route Mossel Bay 199 71
Garden Route Oudsthoorn 68 24
Cape Winelands Stellenbosch 1002 612
Cape Winelands Drakenstein 2501 1713
Cape Winelands Breede Valley 1494 830
Cape Winelands Langeberg 434 182
Cape Winelands Witzenberg 638 440
Overberg Overstrand 592 272
Overberg Cape Agulhas 50 27
Overberg Swellendam 49 24
Overberg Theewaterskloof 412 223
West Coast Bergrivier 191 146
​West Coast ​Cederberg 39 13
West Coast Matzikama 58 25
West Coast Saldanha Bay Municipality 613 328
West Coast Swartland 531 329
Central Karoo Beaufort West 24 2

Unallocated: 5900 (2847 recoveries)

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 38 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 1775 . We send our condolences to their loved ones at this time.

Temporary hospital update:

The Western Cape has, as part of its COVID-19 preparedness strategy, built temporary hospitals which will increase the number of  hospital beds available in the province.

Work is well-underway at the Brackengate temporary hospital, and the 330 bed temporary hospital is on track to receive its first patients on 10 July (see photo attached).

Much like the CTICC hospital, this site will provide intermediate hospital care to patients, and has been designed with infection prevention in mind- with a state of the art waste management facility in place to destroy infectious waste.

We have invited national Health Minister Zweli Mkhize to visit the Western Cape again on Wednesday and will be showcasing the facility to him before the hospital becomes fully functional.

Work on the Sonstraal facility in the Cape Winelands is also underway with the first phase, creating an additional 63 beds, set to start accepting patients in the first week of July.

These are in additional to two already completed and functional facilities- the Hospital of Hope at the CTICC and the Thusong hospital in Khayelitsha, operated by Medicins sans Frontiers, in partnership with the provincial government.

Breaking Barriers Community Outreach in Athlone

Today I had the opportunity to visit the Breaking Barriers Community Outreach centre in Athlone. This centre provides an amazing resource to the surrounding community, relying mostly on donations to do the work that they do. They offer sewing and welding skills training for young people, and every day, prepare massive pots of soup that feed thousands of people in the community.

I was also able to meet some of the young people who are not only learning at the outreach, but also volunteering, helping to prepare meals and giving back.

This organisation has been operational in Athlone for a number of years, but as COVID-19 has exacerbated the need for humanitarian aid, is now playing an important role helping the people in their community.